Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 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 (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
170 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 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 || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent
Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Emily🎃 @emholyoakauthor

Advice for when you get full requests but they ultimately reject? #askPSLA
Replying to @emholyoakauthor

It's definitely tough, but don't take it personally. To take on a project, we need to be head over heels in love with it. It could've been a close call, and there will likely be someone else out there who *does* fall in love with it. Keep your head up and keep querying! #askPSLA

Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
170 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Lif Strand wrote Evolution Device @fasterhorses

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Claire: Are you caught up on your queries? Should I assume if I got no response and it's now been two months that you aren't interested? #askPSLA
Replying to @fasterhorses

To be honest, I'm still working my way through queries from the beginning of September 🙈 Working on getting caught up. I like to keep everyone informed via tweet, so keep an eye on my twitter for updates on what query date I'm up to! #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
170 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Kunoichi | ∞ #BLM @Infinitii_FGC

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Hello Eric and Claire!

What is your ideal target word count for a thriller YA novel? #askPSLA

For me, the sweet spot in the YA thriller space is 70k to 90k.

If you’re worried about word count, use other thrillers to inform your work.

@MikalebRoehrig’s are favs of mine and right in that space, I think! #askPSLA

Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Brooke Carter @thebrookecarter

Hi, thanks for doing this! A two-parter: do you sign clients based purely on the project they’re pitching? Or overall career/backlist?

And when you work with clients do you help them decide which new projects to pursue? #askPSLA
Replying to @thebrookecarter

My interest generally starts with the project they're pitching, but most agents (me included) want to rep authors for their entire career, so that's really important, as well. Personally, I like being involved in helping my clients decide which ideas to pursue. #askPSLA

Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Cara Stout @CaraFoshizzle

What makes you fall in love with a manuscript enough to off rep? #askPSLA
Replying to @CaraFoshizzle

I love this question--and there are so many answers! For me, it's:
- great writing
- characters I can't get enough of
- interesting plot
- genre I'm interested in
- feels fresh (can be a classic trope, but shouldn't feel stale)

Could go on forever! #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
170 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Catherine Burgess @GattaScrive

Several articles and people suggest writers should query 80-100 agents, but that they should all be agents you have extensively researched and thought you would be a good fit for each other. What advice would you have to balance these two seemingly opposing ideas? #askPSLA
Replying to @GattaScrive

I recommend researching agents before submitting to them, but make that wishlist and prioritize. To make it a little less overwhelming, you could submit to agents in waves. Also, keep in mind you might not know if an agent is really a good fit until you speak with them. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
170 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Ashley McAnelly @ashewriter

Honestly, how do you balance write time/agent time with parent life because I need that secret now. #askPSLA

My son is trying to eat my mail right now so perhaps I’m not the best person to answer this. #askPSLA

But really, industry friends trying to juggle it all? Group messages with my colleagues going through the same helps. ❤️

Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Nick Sweeney @NickMakesIllos

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris What makes you give a no with some feedback vs. a no from a generic form letter? #askPSLA
Replying to @NickMakesIllos

I generally don't have time to give feedback unless I'm asking to take a look at a revised version. It's a hard balance because we want to help, but we also get so many queries and giving everyone feedback wouldn't be a good use of our time as agents. #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
170 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

Eilene Spear @EileneSpear

Sorry if I’m asking too many questions, but I’d appreciate your thoughts on prologues in general? Any red flags? #askPSLA

No apologies, we are here for it!

I like a good prologue. The only time I can’t stand them is when it’s a character looking back. “Now I’ll tell you my story.”

Well, they turned out okay, so... why read the book? Try not to let your prologue ruin your stakes. #askPSLA

Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Sky Regina 🏳️‍🌈🦇🍁 @SkyFrizzle

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Any specific red flags that make you stop reading first pgs? Perhaps overdone clichés? #askPSLA
Replying to @SkyFrizzle

Overdone cliches, yes, but also writing that I don't connect with, confusing plot right off the bat, too many characters being introduced in quick succession (but without being able to distinguish between them). #askPSLA

Claire Harris || Literary Agent
@claire_m_harris
Literary Agent
thriller fanatic, rom com addict, acquiring literary agent @psliterary - she/her
51 MSWL
24 AskAgent

Eilene Spear @EileneSpear

I am ready to query, but I know my title is awful! Is that a showstopper? #askPSLA
Replying to @EileneSpear

Definitely not a showstopper, it's something agents can help you tweak (and editors are commonly thinking of new titles, as well). #askPSLA

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
170 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips