Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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
Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. Next, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Loves @BeautyBritches . Rep: @jenazantian .
157 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 MSWL
24 AskAgent
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. Next, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Loves @BeautyBritches . Rep: @jenazantian .
157 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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
Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. Next, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Loves @BeautyBritches . Rep: @jenazantian .
157 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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
Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. Next, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Loves @BeautyBritches . Rep: @jenazantian .
157 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, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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
Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. Next, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Loves @BeautyBritches . Rep: @jenazantian .
157 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 MSWL
24 AskAgent
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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
Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. Next, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Loves @BeautyBritches . Rep: @jenazantian .
157 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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
Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Author. Latest, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. Next, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Loves @BeautyBritches . Rep: @jenazantian .
157 MSWL
55 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 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, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
19 MSWL
24 AskAgent