Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹. Christian ✝️. JD Candidate 2024. Literary Agent @TransLitAgency . Closed to queries.
85 MSWL
51 AskAgent
5 Tips
Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹. Christian ✝️. JD Candidate 2024. Literary Agent @TransLitAgency . Closed to queries.
85 MSWL
51 AskAgent
5 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Next, JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
168 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Kiki
@kianangu
Literary Agent
YA/Adult Fiction Agent at DMLA. Half-hour Comedy Writer. Hobbit degenerate. She/her. I smile a lot/make inappropriate jokes 🌈🦄
165 MSWL
25 AskAgent
21 Tips

Kiki Nguyen @kianangu

The change from being an unagented writer to an agented writer means actively working on your book for the purpose of making it saleable. That is a stressful and potentially time consuming commitment. Even moreso once within a contract. (1/?) #asklitAOC twitter.com/ryanramkelawan…

Before sub, I advice on a revision schedule that is not too stressful. However, once you sell & are on contract you have legal obligations. It will conflict w/life, and you need to be aware of what you can sustainably handle and if you have to hold off on that. #asklitAOC

Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Next, JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
168 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Next, JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
168 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Kiki
@kianangu
Literary Agent
YA/Adult Fiction Agent at DMLA. Half-hour Comedy Writer. Hobbit degenerate. She/her. I smile a lot/make inappropriate jokes 🌈🦄
165 MSWL
25 AskAgent
21 Tips

Ryan Ramkelawan @ryanramkelawan

If a client is a student attending classes, is there any considerations or advice that they should prepare for if they're agented? If a client needs time to do schoolwork, is that okay? #asklitaoc

The change from being an unagented writer to an agented writer means actively working on your book for the purpose of making it saleable. That is a stressful and potentially time consuming commitment. Even moreso once within a contract. (1/?) #asklitAOC

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

D Ryan Rentz @DRyanRentz

@ericsmithrocks In my query letter, does it actually help to mention that I have a previously published novel? Thanks!

#askLitAOC

I think so! You should want to talk about your previously published works. It shows you've had support for your writing before. Plenty of my clients had books published before me. #asklitAOC

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

Justin Matsen @JustinMatsen15

#asklitAOC A question I’ve been sitting on for awhile... is it a turn-off to use wildly successful stories like Star Wars or Hunger Games as comp titles in your query?

Not always. I mean, when I think about TRACKED by @readjennymartin, I remember it being called "Stars Wars meets The Fast and the Furious" and how do you NOT read it right away?

If the comps work, they work. Books tend to hook me better, but it's not a deal breaker. #asklitAOC

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
118 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips

Ayana Gray @AyanaGray

#asklitAOC bumping because I think mine got lost in the void!
Replying to @AyanaGray

this is a good and complex question! i'd like to hear what others say but i wonder if asking their feelings on SRs and the so-called call-outs would be interesting to generate a conversation and see how your thoughts align, or don't. #askLitAOC

Kiki
@kianangu
Literary Agent
YA/Adult Fiction Agent at DMLA. Half-hour Comedy Writer. Hobbit degenerate. She/her. I smile a lot/make inappropriate jokes 🌈🦄
165 MSWL
25 AskAgent
21 Tips

SK Terentiev @Sarah_Terentiev

@ericsmithrocks @mikechenwriter #asklitAOC

Prolog-is it always a bad idea when querying agents?

Example - less than 2 pages, barely any world building (no exposition!), deep in the character’s POV, full of action. It’s purpose is to set the tone for later in the book. A promise to the reader.

I’ve found that while this is the intent, 99% of prologues take up space from the opening pages where character, worldbuilding, and atmosphere make more impact because the story is active & present. As well, opening pages often repeat info from the prologue. #asklitAOC

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
118 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
118 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
118 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Next, JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
168 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips
Eric Smith
@ericsmithrocks
Literary Agent
Literary Agent (@PSLiterary), Author. Latest, YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY (@InkyardPress). Next, JAGGED LITTLE PILL: THE NOVEL (@abramskids). Loves @BeautyBritches .
168 MSWL
63 AskAgent
4 Queries
8 Tips

heidi heilig @heidiheilig

You folks are SO IMPORTANT. What can your fellow publishing professionals and other folks in the industry do (either personally or by lobbying the industry) to support established and aspiring agents of color? #asklitAOC

Keep being open to hiring agents who work remotely. And remote interns. Be accessible. If I had to move to NYC, I wouldn't be here.

And at the publishing house level, more diverse staff. And when they are there, SUPPORT that staff. Too many leave. #asklitAOC

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
118 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips
beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
118 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips

Robert De Negro @baizeodu

How do you feel about your authors later delving into genres that may not be in your area of expertise? #askLitAOC
Replying to @baizeodu

it's a conversation. sometimes i have the connections and feel confident in repping. if i know i'm not what's best, then we'd find them another (or a new) agent #askLitAOC

Kiki
@kianangu
Literary Agent
YA/Adult Fiction Agent at DMLA. Half-hour Comedy Writer. Hobbit degenerate. She/her. I smile a lot/make inappropriate jokes 🌈🦄
165 MSWL
25 AskAgent
21 Tips

Namrata Agarwal Singhal @namrataagarwal

#askLitAOC
How do you balance between fun and drama in the story? How can you create more fun in your story?

This is all specific to the particular parameters of your story and your characters. And it’s also incredibly subjective. I would say don’t worry about it too much & just make sure that you’re creating dimensional characters. #asklitAOC