Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Reem Khaleel @reemkhaleel97

#askPSLA What is your favorite part of agenting or working with your clients on submission?
Replying to @reemkhaleel97

This is hard because there are so many things to love! Here's a brief list:
- reading the ms for the first time (🥰)
- writing a pitch letter
- creating submission list
- sharing good news with a client
- sharing good news with an editor

Only hard part is rejection... #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
154 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
154 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

CathEEEEEKKK! 🎃💀🕸 says VOTE @cathydipierro

Can you demystify the agent-editor relationship a bit? When you are deciding whether to offer, are you already thinking about which editors to sub to? Or do you research each project individually to find potential matches? How often do u sell projects to the same ed? #askPSLA

I almost always have a few people in mind when I offer to sign someone. That’s an agent’s job, knowing folks!

Though research still plays a big role. New people get hired all the time. We’re always getting to know new editors.

I have five books with @MargotM7 so often! #askPSLA

Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Lynn McPherson @CozyMysteryLynn

How long do agents usually take to decide if they are interested once they’ve requested a full manuscript? #askPSLA
Replying to @CozyMysteryLynn

Once I've requested more, I try to be quick about it. However, it also depends on what is on my plate already from my existing clients. A client's work will always take priority, but I do prioritize full manuscripts from queries as much as I'm able to. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
154 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Steffi is a PitchWars Hopeful @clumsiesteffi

Should writers send a nudge after not hearing back? My research has come up with “Yes! Do the thing!” and “No! If you don’t hear back it’s a no! Don’t be unprofessional!” So it’s a bit of a range there...

#askPSLA
Replying to @clumsiesteffi

Take a look at the agency website for guidelines. Some agencies will say not to nudge or that no response means it's a pass after a certain amount of time. If you do decide to nudge, it helps if you have a reason (i.e. other interest, a new development, etc.) #askPSLA

Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Kunoichi | ∞ #BLM @Infinitii_FGC

I’ve had people suggest putting social media following in query letters. Do you think it is worth mentioning?

If so, does it influence your decision for rep? #askPSLA
Replying to @Infinitii_FGC

It's much more important for a nonfiction project, but it never hurts to include links to your social media handles in your signature. I wouldn't make it the focal point of your query, though. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
154 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Cara Stout @CaraFoshizzle

Any trends that are selling better in the current state of affairs? Or ones that aren’t? (I’m assuming pandemic and plagues are a tough sale) #askPSLA

I feel like the tricky thing with trends, is that by the time one is happening and you see the books in the store, they are maybe over?

I know a lot of editor friends who want horror and middle grade. #askPSLA

Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

🦄 Cap'n🌈 Cal 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (but scary) @WriterRaptor

#askPSLA if an agent accepts my adult fantasy, and then I write MG which they don't rep, do I need to find another agent? Do I come back to the 1st if book 3 is another adult?
Replying to @WriterRaptor

You should discuss with your agent because they might have a recommendation for someone at their agency who DOES rep your new genre. If not, they might suggest you part ways--and maybe they'll recommend another agent they know so you don't start from scratch. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
154 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Kathryn Faye @KathrynFaye007

Do you recommend saying, in your queries, that you separated amicably from your agent & are writing in a different genre? Or do agents want to hear about that later? #askPSLA
Replying to @KathrynFaye007

Personally, I find it helpful to know if you were represented previously (especially if you've already published books with an agent). You don't need to get into details in the query--you can discuss circumstances later on once you have a phone call with the new agent. #askPSLA

Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Eilene Spear @EileneSpear

Ok, last one! Is there a way to signal that you are open to input/feedback in a query, or is that just assumed? Like, I’d be the best client ever! Similarly, is like, background helpful or just annoying? Like, my first draft was 120,000 words and I cut it down to 85k? #askPSLA
Replying to @EileneSpear

Before opening representation, I have a phone call with the author & talk through changes I'm suggesting. That's a good time to be honest about whether you're willing to make changes or not. I don't necessarily think you need the background info in a query. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
154 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Cheryl Reed @AuthrCherylReed

@claire_m_harris What is your ideal work relationship with an author? #askpsla
Replying to @AuthrCherylReed

I like to be very open with my clients. If they have questions, I want them to feel comfortable coming to talk to me. Another major point is that they need to trust me--the relationship won't work if there's not trust and mutual respect. And ideally we hit it off, too! #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Agent at @PSLiterary and author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS (@InkyardPress). Next, BATTLE OF THE BANDS (@Candlewick, '21). Loves @BeautyBritches .
154 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Vanessa Potions #BLM 🍁 @vanessaepeay

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris For the synopsis an agent requires it's supposed to be 1 page correct? And reveals everything that happens in the book? #askPSLA
Replying to @vanessaepeay

I like them to be roughly one page and to tell me what happens in the book, yes. If there's a major twist that you don't want to spoil, I'm fine with hinting at it. But I need to know the basics of the plot and it's better to keep it at roughly 1 page in my opinion. #askPSLA

Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, candy addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
18 MSWL
24 AskAgent