Jas ⛩
@TakahashiPerry
Literary Agent
kidlit yōkai 👹 • agenting at KT Lit • writing as J.P. Takahashi • TOKYO NIGHT PARADE (HarperCollins/Tegen, Fall ’23) with Minako Tomigahara • 🎨 @/fleshwadYT
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Jas ⛩
@TakahashiPerry
Literary Agent
kidlit yōkai 👹 • agenting at KT Lit • writing as J.P. Takahashi • TOKYO NIGHT PARADE (HarperCollins/Tegen, Fall ’23) with Minako Tomigahara • 🎨 @/fleshwadYT
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Rosa @rosareds

Hi #askDVpit! Do all agents have a standard submission guideline format or do each agent have their own preferred formats?
Replying to @rosareds

Every agency, sometimes agents within the same one, will have different sub guidelines. (Lack of standardization is a problem we do need to address.) KT Lit switched over to QueryManager, like many others, and I keep email queries open as an option for accessibility. #askDVpit

Jas ⛩
@TakahashiPerry
Literary Agent
kidlit yōkai 👹 • agenting at KT Lit • writing as J.P. Takahashi • TOKYO NIGHT PARADE (HarperCollins/Tegen, Fall ’23) with Minako Tomigahara • 🎨 @/fleshwadYT
19 MSWL
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Jas ⛩
@TakahashiPerry
Literary Agent
kidlit yōkai 👹 • agenting at KT Lit • writing as J.P. Takahashi • TOKYO NIGHT PARADE (HarperCollins/Tegen, Fall ’23) with Minako Tomigahara • 🎨 @/fleshwadYT
19 MSWL
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Jas ⛩
@TakahashiPerry
Literary Agent
kidlit yōkai 👹 • agenting at KT Lit • writing as J.P. Takahashi • TOKYO NIGHT PARADE (HarperCollins/Tegen, Fall ’23) with Minako Tomigahara • 🎨 @/fleshwadYT
19 MSWL
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Tiffany Liao
@Tiff_Liao
Editor
Executive Editor @zandoprojects . 408 in the land of 212. It's pronounced meow with an L. Opinions are my own. She/her.
26 MSWL
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Rain Ashton says buy BAD WITCH BURNING @RainTheWriter

What do you think of marginalized folks trying out dead tropes/genres? Are the dead-dead genres still dead no matter what? I'm asking mostly for adult! #askDVPit

Love tropes! They exist & endure because they work! Endlessly interesting ways to tap into, explore, subvert tropes from a marginalized pov. Publishing is too quick to declare a genre "dead-dead" when we've only pushed out one (read: white/euro/straight/cis) version #askdvpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Kiara Valdez
@dezinpub
Editor
@01FirstSecond Editor Extraordinaire | Writer | ✏️STEPPING UP | She/Her | Opinions are mine | Demi-Bi Afro🇩🇴 | #LatinxInPub | Rep’d: @BrittSiess
3 MSWL
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Kiara Valdez
@dezinpub
Editor
@01FirstSecond Editor Extraordinaire | Writer | ✏️STEPPING UP | She/Her | Opinions are mine | Demi-Bi Afro🇩🇴 | #LatinxInPub | Rep’d: @BrittSiess
3 MSWL
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Hussna Az @AzamyHussna

What are some fantasy tropes/topics you are tired of?

#askDVpit

Not tied to only fantasy—I’m tired of stories of white ppl in foreign lands being surprised, shooketh, idk about this place/culture that isn’t there’s. Lol I don’t care about their thoughts or discomfort in this situation…🤷🏾‍♀️ #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Barb Miller @BarbMiller831

#askdvpit If an agent passes on your full MS, but is very complimentary regarding querying them on future projects, would it be super tacky to contact them after a major revision on the one they were initially considering?

I don’t think it’s tacky at all. Just be mindful that you aren’t turning that revision over in a week. Spend time on it, really reflect on it, and allow for the agent to have some distance to and get excited #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Brianne Gazal @BrianneGazal

#askdvpit thoughts on an author website for the unpublished writer. Should I or shouldn’t I create one?

Everyone should create a website! I mean, do you absolutely need one before you get an agent? Not necessarily. But it does help give people a sense of your identity, work you can showcase, experiences, aesthetics etc. but they are massively important when you get a deal #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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K.A. Blaser @KABlaser

@DVpit_ #askDVpit I’m always curious, when a DV pitch blows up and there’s a lot of agent interest, do things move a little faster for that author in finding an agent? Or does it all happen at the usual pace?

I would say it sort of depends because one agent could read immediately and then speed the process along for all of us, but also we all are trying to read and do justice by each other so our speed could be normal compared to a regular full request! #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Kathryn Faye @KathrynFaye007

Would it overwhelm an agent if they ask you so you have any other projects and you say over 20? I write at least 2-3 novels a year. #askDVpit

I M guessing this is for PB would stick to 1-3 others that fit their wishlist and are relevant. See what grabbed their attention with the first and show off a little range, but don’t overwhelm #askDVpit

Tiffany Liao
@Tiff_Liao
Editor
Executive Editor @zandoprojects . 408 in the land of 212. It's pronounced meow with an L. Opinions are my own. She/her.
26 MSWL
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Tiffany Liao @Tiff_Liao

It's hard to predict the trajectory of a trend but what is certain is that nothing kills a trend faster than flooding the market with the same tired iteration. Readers grow fatigued with copycats but not an entire genre. If you have a fresh take, go for it! #askdvpit twitter.com/PointsTangent/…

Adding on, it's good to have market awareness of a trend. Identify the most prevalent iteration of that trend and distinguish your pitch from it. If XYZ is booming, here's how your book taps into that proven market *and* here's what'll make it transcend any one moment #askdvpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Kiara Valdez
@dezinpub
Editor
@01FirstSecond Editor Extraordinaire | Writer | ✏️STEPPING UP | She/Her | Opinions are mine | Demi-Bi Afro🇩🇴 | #LatinxInPub | Rep’d: @BrittSiess
3 MSWL
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Tangent Points @PointsTangent

#askDVpit
How often do trends lasts or return if they've gone out of favor? For instance, high fantasy or paranormal MCs?

It really depends on the medium. For example in GN, middle grade and YA contemporary and memoir has been hot for YEARS and will continue to be popular for many more. It’s almost evergreen. Other genres have some successes but are less stable—but this will change soon! #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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Viya Karish @Viya_Karish

#askdvpit If the story behind a myth is not *popular enough* or is localized to a place/region, would the mythical retelling written about it gain less traction by agents/editors?

Personally, not for me. I love when writers allow readers to explore worlds, myths, and lore that aren’t as well known. I think it’s beautifully refreshing! I actually search hard for them! #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Undiscovered National Treasure • Neighborhood Book Bimbo • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL (she/her)
42 MSWL
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S.I. Ryder @SIRyder2

#askDVpit would you reject a manuscript if the author went over their word count?

I wouldn’t outright reject it, but within reason! If you write a 100k contemporary story, my gut tells me that it’s overly written bc we couldn’t focus in on character motivations. Sometimes writing outside of word count is bc we try to fix holes w/more time and space #askDVpit