Shannon @ShannonJCurtinI have a WIP with a plot component that might read controversial to some. Is there a way to tell if an agent/agency is open to something that's a little left-field? #askPSLA
Beyond bios, I'd say look at the agent's/agency's list to see if they'd be a fit. #askPSLA
🔥(SL)Ashley McAnelly is revising🔥 @ashewriterI know it varies from agent to agent but do either/both of you try to give feedback on fulls that you reject? #askPSLA
I have before, yes! It's rare, and it usually happens when I love the writing but the project needs SO MUCH WORK that I'm not sure my vision will match with the writer's. #askPSLA
Andrea Green Burton @ALGauthor#askPSLA I'm hearing that agents are particularly swamped right now. True? And if so, is that typical for this time of year, or is it pandemic-related?
When are we not swamped? 🙃
Seriously, though: it's the best job in the world. It's all good. #askPSLA
Gabby Barone @gabbybarone98#askPSLA Any advice on the avg. time to nudge once agents have your full ms (though obviously this can differ / be slowed bc other circumstances)? Are there average response times for fulls? Thank you! 😊
I think after 3 months it's fair to send a polite nudge! #askPSLA
Jodi @jodilaskyI'm slightly over word count, even after working with an editor to get it down. Do I acknowledge it in my query (show knowledge) or just state the word count? (Women's Fiction, 103k words) #askPSLA
Hum... for me, I'd prefer you to acknowledge. But, sorry to ask, can't you get it down to 99k? Pretty please? There HAS to be things you can cut. Your editor will likely expect you to. #askPSLA
The Scott that is Querying @SWBauthorDo you want to know if a querying author has short stories in anthologies when they’re querying a novel?
Yes! We might even know the anthology, but more generally, writing credits can also suggest to us that you are approaching writing as a career. #askPSLA
jrmitchell @jrmitch53998160#askPSLA Do you have a slush pile? And have you ever had any success with finding an author/book from the slush pile?
I think all agents do. Sush pile = queries from people without a referral — so the majority of cases. And yes, absolutely! I've signed several authors from the slush pile. #askPSLA
L Currie @LCurrie48172079How do I make sure my manuscript is polished before I query an agent? Would it be best to invest in hiring an editor? #askPSLA
Self-editing is the first step, in my opinion. Take a break from the work and come at it with fresh eyes (this might mean weeks or longer!). Explore free options like beta readers and writing groups--other writers who are also looking for another opinion. #askPSLA
💫 K.E. Stanton 🦋 @kestanton1Do you like it when an author has more than one (polished) book to offer at the time of signing or does it not make a difference in the ultimate decision?
I like it when a writer has more than one book in them, whether polished now (great!) or to be written in the future. As an agent, it's my intention to sign an author for the duration of their career—and I hope it'll be a long one! 🥰 #askPSLA
Kit Mareska @KitMareskaThx so much for doing this Q&A. Do you like personal info in a query’s bio section or do you prefer strictly professional? #AskPSLA
I like a little bit of personal. Especially love it if you tell me about your fur babies, just saying ❤️
𝒦𝒶𝓉𝒽𝓁𝑒𝑒𝓃 𝐹𝑜𝓍𝓍, 𝒜𝓊𝓉𝒽𝑜𝓇 @kfoxx_writesI’ve heard from many agents not to spend the money on an editor because that’s part of the process when you get an agent and go through editing before submission. How do we do developmental, etc. edits without hiring an editor ahead of querying? #askPSLA
If you can, find writer groups or beta readers who will swap works with you--Twitter can be a great resource. If you are editing solo, take a significant break and come back to the work with fresh eyes! #askPSLA
🔥(SL)Ashley McAnelly is revising🔥 @ashewriterWhat are some books you've read recently you would love to see comped? #askPSLA
WHITE IVY by Susie Yang and CONFIDENT WOMEN by Tori Telfer — please see my pinned tweet for more! #askPSLA
Lacy - Host of That's ProbLITmatic Podcast @reachwriterIn your opinion, what makes writing "exceptional"?
For me personally, if it is well-paced (the author knows how much to write and when to stop); if it is incisive; if the voices/characters are interesting/engrossing. #askPSLA
Hannah Sharpe @hannahdsharpe2Do you ever stop reading at the query? I could understand this, since you get many queries. I’m curious to know how far you get before you say no. #askPSLA
Yes, but only if the query is for a genre I don't represent OR if there's a serious red flag (e.g. offensive or rude etc.). #askPSLA
Bethany Samaddar is on hiatus @blsamaddarIf your manuscript has gone through a developmental edit, is that worth mentioning in your query letter? #askPSLA
I assume all manuscripts have gone through developmental editing — it's an important step to get a work ready for submission. (Sadly, the ones who have not stand out in a bad way.) If you used an editor, then it might be worth mentioning that editor's name. #askPSLA
N Shannacappo @NShannacappo@PSLiterary @ceciliaclyra @readbystephanie I'm a graphic novelist and have started being approached by publishers and I'm wondering if having an agent at this point would be beneficial. I've been working towards doing graphic novels full-time. So how could having an agent help? #askaPSLA
A few ways an agent could help include negotiating the contract, offering a big-picture vision of your career vis-à-vis the industry, and selling your rights to work in other territories and formats. #askPSLA
Konnie Writes ✍️ @KonnieWrites@PSLiterary #askPSLA. what are the biggest writing issues that cause you to pass on a manuscript?
This is a tough one! If the manuscript reads like a first draft--of course, the occasional typo/grammar hiccup is to be expected. #askPSLA