Laura Bradford @bradfordlit · Aug 16

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 · Aug 16

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

Laura Bradford @bradfordlit · Aug 16

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 · Aug 16

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 · Aug 16

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 · Aug 16

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 · Aug 16

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

Laura Bradford @bradfordlit · Aug 16

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 · Aug 16

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

Kari Sutherland @KariSutherland · Aug 16

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

Laura Bradford @bradfordlit · Aug 16

Kirtida Gautam: Reading Harry Potter for 1st time @KirtidaGautam

A similar question.
If my novels from two different reader category (A and YA) are set in the same world, with some of the same characters, does it pose rights issues?

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Replying to @KirtidaGautam

It could, dep. on the contract you sign w/whichever publisher buys which ms first. But if you aren't contractually bound, you can do whatever you want. That said, you shld ask yourself whether it makes strategic sense to do that. Will there be crossover readership? #AskAgentBLA

Kari Sutherland @KariSutherland · Aug 16

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

I'd want the author to note their prior self-publishing up front. As long as the current project is something new and enticing, that's what matters. Sometimes authors have self-published in one genre but what they're sending is for a different market. #AskAgentBLA

Laura Bradford @bradfordlit · Aug 16

Susan Person @SusanM74

#AskAgentBLA I keep hearing that paranormal romance is coming back fast. Are you seeing this trend in the industry as well? If so, any particular facet that is hotter than others?

Replying to @SusanM74

I couple editors I talked to at RWA National mentioned that they were open to taking on A PNR or A series of PNR. I did not get the sense that the floodgates were opening up. #AskAgentBLA

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