Cheryl Reed @AuthrCherylReed@claire_m_harris What is your ideal work relationship with an author? #askpsla
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
Allison Carvalho @AllisonCwrites#askPSLA @msmariavicente
With all the pitch contests going on, I'm curious:
1. Do you have a fave you like to 👀?
2. In your opinion, how long is too long after a ❤️/like to submit your package?
3. How do you feel about mood boards posted w/ pitches?
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
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
andrea maller @dystopiandream4How much weight does a good Kirkus review carry, and should it be mentioned in a query? #askPSLA
Emily🎃 @emholyoakauthorAdvice for when you get full requests but they ultimately reject? #askPSLA
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
Valerie Norton (Turpin) @valeriecturpin@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Hi Eric and Claire! 😊
At what point is it worth specifically calling out a bookstagram in a query? If it has 5k followers? 10k? Higher? Or should it just stay beneath the author salutation as a link?
Jessica Ungeheuer @phoenixfire110#askPSLA
I was curious on your thoughts on pages...Your agency submission guidelines only mention submitting the query but no pages. Do you find the query is enough to get an idea of the author's voice & story?
boilingonepiecetakes @warmtakrs#askPSLA If you want to write graphic novels should you find your artist first or can you query with just the written script.
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
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
Brooke Carter @thebrookecarterHi, 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
Cara Stout @CaraFoshizzleWhat makes you fall in love with a manuscript enough to off rep? #askPSLA
Carly Vair @cnvairOkay, this one has been killing me lately: Is pitching a novella a waste of time? Is there a market for them? It seems like a new one comes out every week (especially SF/F), but all the advice I've seen basically amounts to "don't bother pitching a novella." #askPSLA
My advice in the novella space is always to pitch agents who have worked on the novellas you’ve been picking up. Particularly in that SFF space.
Not a lot of folks work on them, but some certainly do. #askPSLA
Catherine Burgess @GattaScriveSeveral 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
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
Ashley McAnelly @ashewriterHonestly, 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. ❤️
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
Eilene Spear @EileneSpearSorry 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
Sky Regina 🏳️🌈🦇🍁 @SkyFrizzle@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Any specific red flags that make you stop reading first pgs? Perhaps overdone clichés? #askPSLA
Eilene Spear @EileneSpearI am ready to query, but I know my title is awful! Is that a showstopper? #askPSLA
Kate @cummingsgoings@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris What's the sweet spot for nonfic book proposal length? How many sample chapters do you like to see?