Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 20 Aug 2019

astoria @__karou

@LindaEpstein Any advice for new authors, or how to go about finding the right agent? #askagent

Advice for new authors is to keep writing, go to conferences, get a critique partner, and don't lose hope. Educate yourself on how people go about getting an agent, and do that. And remember that finding the right agent is like dating. (Sorry, I wish I had better news about that)

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 20 Aug 2019

Diane Callahan @QuotidianWriter

@LindaEpstein Thank you for being open to questions! A few for you:

Do you reject books because the word count is too high?

What types of plots would you like to see more of in your genres?

Which comp titles are overused?


If I loved something but the word count was too high I'd speak to the author about it. If a PB comes in at over 1000 words it won't work. If a MG comes in at over 70 or YA over 100K it won't work FOR ME. The titles you think would be overused are the ones that are.

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 20 Aug 2019

๐ŸŒพBeau Van Dalen @BeauVanDalen

@LindaEpstein What do you look for in a writer's first pages/chapters while reading their query? #askagent
Thanks so much for doing this! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

First the query needs to capture my attention. If it does & I read the pages then I'm looking to be drawn in immediately, to a character or a situation (but I do โค๏ธa good character!) so much that I don't want to stop reading...

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 18 Aug 2019

Shanice Littlejohn is revising @twixsftbl

@UweStenderPhD How long is typically too long of a wait to hear back from an agent? Is a gentle inquiry welcome or unprofessional?

Replying to @twixsftbl

Give people 14 weeks, after that they ought to be open to a nudge. IF they are disrespectful to you because of a gentle nudge, YOU should not want to work with them anyway. They may not have had a chance to consider yet, but they should not be CRANKY about a nudge.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 18 Aug 2019

Belinda Grant @belindagrant80

@UweStenderPhD What is your take on the discussion re the need for more books for older MG/Young YA? How hard are they to sell? Is there a market?

Replying to @belindagrant80

I have no opinion. I take on what I love (I am 100% gut feeling, and don't follow trends). IF that is a real discussion, then I am sure they're is an emerging trend. But I am the wrong guy to ask.

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