Kari Sutherland
@KariSutherland
Literary Agent
Agent at KT Literary; Book Lover; Parent; Co-author of The Menagerie series; (Former) Traveler. Jigsaw Puzzler. Veronica Mars extra. She/her
4 MSWL
17 AskAgent
Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips
Kari Sutherland
@KariSutherland
Literary Agent
Agent at KT Literary; Book Lover; Parent; Co-author of The Menagerie series; (Former) Traveler. Jigsaw Puzzler. Veronica Mars extra. She/her
4 MSWL
17 AskAgent
Kari Sutherland
@KariSutherland
Literary Agent
Agent at KT Literary; Book Lover; Parent; Co-author of The Menagerie series; (Former) Traveler. Jigsaw Puzzler. Veronica Mars extra. She/her
4 MSWL
17 AskAgent

Mackenzie Reed @mackenziemreed7

@KariSutherland Also, when pitching a crossover, would that be pitched as YA and NA? And to an agent, does that mean it could be marketed to both genres?

#AskAgentBLA
Replying to @mackenziemreed7

If the characters and themes feel more suited to YA, then query it as YA. I tend not to use NA, just call it a YA with crossover appeal. Unless the themes are really more on the adult side. #AskAgentBLA

Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips

EikaPrime @EikaPrime

#AskAgentBLA It seems like every book I read in YA/A has a romance plot or subplot. What are the odds of a romance-free story ever getting representation?
Replying to @EikaPrime

Does it matter what the odds are? If that is the book you want to write, you should. There are YA books that don't contain romance that sell. I have repped YA projects without any romance. #AskAgentBLA

Natalie M. Lakosil
@Natalie_Lakosil
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, making my way through adventures in agent land. She/her
22 MSWL
30 AskAgent

Helena Hoayun @helenahoayun

#AskAgentBLA if for some reason you sign with an agent and the match isn’t as good as you thought (you don’t agree with edits, they aren’t selling your book vigorously, etc), how do you go about ending that relationship amiably?
Replying to @helenahoayun

I ALWAYS recommend a conversation with your agent FIRST. Communication, esp expectations, is key. Never talk to others only and assume things. If you do still want to part ways, a call or an email work. You can't control anything but your actions; be professional. #AskAgentBLA

Kari Sutherland
@KariSutherland
Literary Agent
Agent at KT Literary; Book Lover; Parent; Co-author of The Menagerie series; (Former) Traveler. Jigsaw Puzzler. Veronica Mars extra. She/her
4 MSWL
17 AskAgent
Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips

Lisa Herron @LisaC_Herron

@bradfordlit How do you feel about quiet women’s fiction? #askagentBLA
Replying to @LisaC_Herron

Depends on the writing because the quiet aspect will almost always make it much more challenging to pitch and sell. #AskAgentBLA

Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips

Jon Wallace @_Jon_Wallace_

If you’re being pitched to at a conference, do you like the author to bring a paper copy of a query letter with them for you? #AskAgentBLA
Replying to @_Jon_Wallace_

Nope! I don't want anyone to give me anything I have to take home and I prefer that someone talk to me at a pitch appointment rather than asking me to read something. Or reciting something that I need to follow along. #AskAgentBLA

Kari Sutherland
@KariSutherland
Literary Agent
Agent at KT Literary; Book Lover; Parent; Co-author of The Menagerie series; (Former) Traveler. Jigsaw Puzzler. Veronica Mars extra. She/her
4 MSWL
17 AskAgent

Mackenzie Reed @mackenziemreed7

What are your thoughts on college YA? Is it impossible to sell even if it truly sticks to YA themes and has a young protagonist? #AskAgentBLA
Replying to @mackenziemreed7

There's a market for these stories, too. Not impossible! College offers a new setting and just as much drama. But it should still feel YA. It may wind up as a crossover book, though. #AskAgentBLA

Natalie M. Lakosil
@Natalie_Lakosil
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, making my way through adventures in agent land. She/her
22 MSWL
30 AskAgent

Mackenzie Reed @mackenziemreed7

What are your thoughts on college YA? Is it impossible to sell even if it truly sticks to YA themes and has a young protagonist? #AskAgentBLA
Replying to @mackenziemreed7

I wouldn't say impossible, but difficult. The experiences, particularly independence, are usually difficult to relate to for a 15 year old (remember, not just 17+ reading YA!) #AskAgentBLA

Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips

honking @ScribblingGoose

#AskAgentBLA if an author queries an agent with a new novel and it is discovered that they have 1 or more self-published novels, will this information impact/sway the decision of an agent?
Replying to @ScribblingGoose

Is the SPing a secret that you are keeping? Is that why the information was discovered instead of disclosed? I pretty much assume that most everybody has at least 1 SP book at this point, so it isn't a huge factor unless it is like a racist manifesto or something #AskAgentBLA

Natalie M. Lakosil
@Natalie_Lakosil
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, making my way through adventures in agent land. She/her
22 MSWL
30 AskAgent
Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips
Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips

Andrea Nourse @AndreaNourse

@BaadeMichelle Thank you for asking this, Michelle. I'm in the exact same situation. A follow up #AskAgentBLA can prior history with self-publishing be a turn off to some agents?
Replying to @AndreaNourse

I can only answer for myself and as someone with a deep background in romance where SP is very prevalent, as far as I am concerned almost everyone self-pubs. Doesn't turn me off. Though I may not count those sales as much as you like, depending on what they are. #AskAgentBLA

Kari Sutherland
@KariSutherland
Literary Agent
Agent at KT Literary; Book Lover; Parent; Co-author of The Menagerie series; (Former) Traveler. Jigsaw Puzzler. Veronica Mars extra. She/her
4 MSWL
17 AskAgent

Mackenzie Reed @mackenziemreed7

Do you see dystopian ever making a comeback? #AskAgentBLA
Replying to @mackenziemreed7

You mean "speculative"? Why, yes, yes, it's still here...in disguise. 😉 I think there's some fatigue about depressing worlds in general, but I've heard several editors eager for 50 years in the future, grounded speculative stories. #AskAgentBLA

Natalie M. Lakosil
@Natalie_Lakosil
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, making my way through adventures in agent land. She/her
22 MSWL
30 AskAgent
Laura Bradford
@bradfordlit
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Bradford Literary Agency. Opinions are my own *she/her*
46 MSWL
42 AskAgent
2 Tips
Natalie M. Lakosil
@Natalie_Lakosil
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, making my way through adventures in agent land. She/her
22 MSWL
30 AskAgent
Kari Sutherland
@KariSutherland
Literary Agent
Agent at KT Literary; Book Lover; Parent; Co-author of The Menagerie series; (Former) Traveler. Jigsaw Puzzler. Veronica Mars extra. She/her
4 MSWL
17 AskAgent

Jeff Provine @JeffProvine

@bradfordlit Is the call for graphic novel scripts or graphic novels with completed art? #AskAgentBLA
Replying to @JeffProvine

Both! If you are not an artist, don't draw it yourself. There's no need to find someone to draw samples for you. If the publisher likes the script, they will find an artist. If the publisher likes the script, but not the art that was put with it...they may just pass. #AskAgentBLA