Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Noreen @noreenlekhak

@GalltZackerLit #AskGZLA If we've had editor interest in pitch events from Big 5 (or 4) do we mention it somewhere? Does it make a difference? Thx!
Replying to @noreenlekhak

Yes mention it! In the end our goal is to sell books, so if editors already like your story, great! Put those things in your query. It might not affect how the agent decides, because the writing is the most important, but your eventual agent will want this info for sub! #askGZLA

Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Caitlin Cross @caitlincross

Hi! What do you need to see in an R&R that makes you want to offer? Especially if the age category is changing from YA to Adult 😊 Thank you! #askGZLA
Replying to @caitlincross

I'd want to see that the writer is capable of addressing my edits in the BEST way for the characters/story. It's their story after all, but all writers need to be able to address critique. I can't help on YA to adult bc I would never ask for that bc I don't rep adult! #askGZLA

Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

susanleighneedham @susanleighneed1

Would you want to know in the query letter, if we have worked with an editor on our MS? Does this help a query stand out? Thank you #AskGZLA pic.twitter.com/59dkhPUS5O
Replying to @susanleighneed1

If it's an editor at a publishing house (like you won a contest or they were open to direct submissions) then yes! We'd prob want to submit to them & it's good to hear a pub is interested. If it's a freelance editor, context might be nice but it's all about the writing #askGZLA

Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Hayley @hsquared20

If an agent really likes your full, but passes bc they don’t think they’re the right fit for the book, or the market is too saturated, are they likely to refer you to another agent? Or offer rep and put the sub on a back burner? #askgzla pic.twitter.com/eeuvDBDzGd
Replying to @hsquared20

Speaking for myself, it's rare I refer to another agent unless I KNOW it's up their alley. It's hard to give another agent more work, esp. when I passed. I'm not sure if someone would offer rep for future sales potential - more likely they'd ask to see the next project #askGZLA

Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Chelsea Lauren @CLaurenAuthor

Paying my cute tax forward! ♥️ Where do you see the MG market heading? Any specific trends in paranormal/fantasy? I'm curious if the ghost story train has left the station. Thank you! #askGZLA pic.twitter.com/oezRX79mbD
Replying to @CLaurenAuthor

I think the ghost story train is still chugging along! Sure the market can get saturated, but that should never stop you from telling a story you're passionate about. Realize that fall also always feels saturated with ghosts - that's marketing's job! #askGZLA

Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Sara Kapadia @sarakapadia

@GalltZackerLit #askGZLA #askagent
How do you feel about a middle grade novel that switched from the main character being a girl in third person, but when she turns into a dragon it's first person?
Mowgli the big cat paying the cat tax below: pic.twitter.com/UsDcl9pm2F
Replying to @sarakapadia

Sounds potentially confusing, but I wouldn't know for sure without reading! You should definitely have a good reason, some emotional character development that makes this tense change necessary and powerful. If it feels clunky or confusing, then maybe it's not necessary? #askGZLA

Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Mary Boone @boonewrites

@GalltZackerLit Ruthie Bader Airedale and I want to know: Is the nonfiction picture book market saturated? What's floating to the top in that category right now? #AskGZLA pic.twitter.com/DF1swmh0rT
Replying to @boonewrites

Maybe slightly old news but lots of editors are looking for NF that focuses on moments, movements, or objects/items/inventions. PB bios work when that person's experience is underrepresented - we need more diverse NF PBs, we're good on the founding fathers! #askGZLA

Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Jennifer Mattern @JEngelMattern

What is your average # of queries/month and how many full requests and offers of rep does that translate to?
(Thanks @MaliaMaunakea for helping me think of an intelligent question. 😄)
#askGZLA
Replying to @JEngelMattern

I've been getting 400-500 queries a month this year (note that agents require different length of samples - our 2000 word sample is shorter than many others). These are guesses but usually about 30-40 partial requests, becomes ~10 full requests, becomes maybe 1 client 😳 #askGZLA

Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Erin Casey Westin
@erincaseywestin
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Closed to queries. She/her. Profile photo by DMOimages.
32 MSWL
27 AskAgent

Hayley @hsquared20

For queries, it looks like some agents just want a teaser of the plot, and others want to know the ending including spoilers. If it’s not specified on their submission page/website, what’s the default? #askGZLA pic.twitter.com/cxItiaCrz6
Replying to @hsquared20

First, this kitten is a mood. Second no spoilers is the default! The end/reveal is something to pull the agent along and they definitely want to be surprised and read the manuscript as a future reader would. They'll ask for a full synopsis prob if they want the end #askGZLA

Linda Camacho
@LindaRandom
Literary Agent
Agent @GalltZackerLit ; wise Latina; children's VCFA MFA and Cornell alum. Loves TV and giving unsolicited advice. She/her. (Profile Image: Marjorie Buell)
51 MSWL
95 AskAgent
5 Tips
Marietta B Zacker
@AgentZacker
Literary Agent
obsessions: 📚🍦💃🏽, representation in books & in all of life matters to this unabashed Latinx; co-owner & literary agent at @galltzackerlit ; author (she/her)
9 MSWL
44 AskAgent