Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

Tess James-Mackey @Tess_JMack

@UweStenderPhD Comps - should they be "current"? And if so, how recently should they have been published? One of mine is about 15years old...

Replying to @Tess_JMack

Somehow writers currently are overthinking the comps part. There must be Social media groups where this is overthought. Comps are great to place the product. If they are recent, they're on people's radar, but if they comp to instantly recognizable older stuff, it'll work, too.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

Alika Yarnell @AlikaYnot

@UweStenderPhD I’ve heard it’s not advisable to mention in a query that you are writing a series and to phrase it as “standalone with series potential.” True? Is there a term for a series of linked standalones where the world is the same but the MC & POVs change?

Replying to @AlikaYnot

Standalone with series potential is a good way to describe it. I could make up a long German compound noun to describe the second part, but to me that'd still be part of a series about that world and with more or less familiar protagonists. So standalone with series potential.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

Shereen Cook @ShereenCook

@UweStenderPhD Have you seen this site and/or know if agents pay attention to it? Authors pitch their work and agents browse. Reverse MSWL. asawl.com

Replying to @ShereenCook

I suspect agents pay attention. It sounds wonderful. I just don't have the time. I need to read clients's work, study royalty statements, work on contracts etc., I need people to make the effort to find me, I won't find them. But kudos to the concept.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

M S Clements @MSClementsbook

@UweStenderPhD My MS had been read by multiple beta readers, who all say that I build up the tension in the first quarter, then they can't put it down. If only sending the first 3 chapters, the hooks might not seem dramatic enough. Should I preserve with the original MS or change the start?

Replying to @MSClementsbook

That also depends, but think of an agent's circumstance. They've to read client manuscripts, other submissions, queries etcetc...if you don't capture my attention in the first 2-3 or maybe 10 pages, I will likely pass. I would never get to the great part. It's a war of attrition.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

Shereen Cook @ShereenCook

@UweStenderPhD How then would you define a “good” agent?

Replying to @ShereenCook

Do they have the necessary connections? Are they smart? Are they upfront? Do they do what they say they will do? Do their editorial ideas align with yours? What is their reputation? Lots of factors.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

Stephanie Williams @StephanieBoyer

@UweStenderPhD What’s a reasonable amount of time to wait to query an agent with a new/different ms after a rejection?

Replying to @StephanieBoyer

I guess that depends. You just don't want to leave the impression that you are just throwing projects against the wall to see which may stick.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

Sir Whitney @whitney_DG

@UweStenderPhD If you really loved a project and believed in it, but many editors rejected it, would you recommend self-publishing?

Replying to @whitney_DG

Depends on the circumstances. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Since I sold projects after many rejections & after more than 8 years later, I'd have to evaluate the circumstances. There are at least 3 projects I am convinced I could sell well now that clients selfpubbed prematurely.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 5 Jul 2018

Tiffany Lea Elmer @TiffanyLeaElmer

@UweStenderPhD When going through your slushpile, does knowing specific editor MSWLs ever influence your request or offer decisions? #askagent

Replying to @TiffanyLeaElmer

Whenever I evaluate a project that I love, I ask myself if I can think of at least 10 editors who might love this. If I cannot, I will pass. But I have to love the manuscript first. If I don't love it, I don't care who may want it.

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · 3 Jul 2018

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica

I added a video to a @YouTube playlist youtu.be/LSlLapH4YX4?a An Agent's Answers to Your Questions on Representation

Today's video was a bit long-winded. I'll try to keep them shorter, but it's every answer I have to the questions you'll be asking an agent when representation is offered. Good luck! #askagent

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · 29 Jun 2018

Shana Schwarz @shanaschwarz

@BookEndsJessica @actblue If parts of the book I'd like to query have already been published (ebooks on Amazon, I still own all rights), should I still be looking for an agent? Or will that be a problem?

Replying to @shanaschwarz

You can definitely still look for an agent, but you might run into difficulties because parts of the book have already been sold. That makes it harder for the publisher, but without knowing all details it's hard to say #askagent

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