Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Joseph Sprenger @JosephSprenger7

@LitAgentKelly Hi, Kelly! I've had wildly varying response times on Queries. My quickest was forty-five minutes, my longest was four months. I was just wondering if that meant anything significant or if its just a coincidence.

Replying to @JosephSprenger7

It’s mostly just depending on how agents run their boxes, how much help they have, and what their current life is like. We read queries during our free time mostly, and our clients have to take up that time first and be priority!

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Michael L. Ross @MichaelLRoss7

@LitAgentKelly @SarahWerbach What draws you to represent particular genres?

Replying to @MichaelLRoss7

Agents represent what they know and enjoy. If we don’t know and enjoy a genre, we won’t be a good option to work on it or know what it needs in order to sell!

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Chris Gerlacher @GerlacherC

@LitAgentKelly If I end up with representation, should I just be working on a second book while my agent is shopping my manuscript around?

Replying to @GerlacherC

YES. You will need something to keep your nerves and patience in check! It’s TOUGH being on submission and having more work to do helps to keep the nerves at bay.

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Dylan Armstrong @astrongwriter

@LitAgentKelly How often do you get terrible query letters? What do you do when you get one?

Replying to @astrongwriter

Everyday. 😂 Did you see the mass email that went out to agents the other day asking for bidders for each word in the query?! And usually if the first page is no good, and the query is no good, it’s an automatic rejection. :(

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

DL Timmerman🐲 @dltauthor

@LitAgentKelly About how long do you read a manuscript before deciding it’s for you or not?

Replying to @dltauthor

Usually agents can and will know if it’s not for us within the first 25-ish pages. But there’s also the manuscripts that are amazing until about the 100 page mark and then start falling apart. Those are the toughest. :(

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Bria Thompson @75thandYeadon

@LitAgentKelly How do you find a agent that’s best for you and your book? What I’m working on is a collection of essays with corresponding photographs and not only am I unsure how to format it in a manuscript but I’m unsure if there’s an agent who would even want it when it’s done

Replying to @75thandYeadon

Is it fiction or nonfiction? The best way is to really dig deep into what your manuscript is and what type of person you work well with. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses and what you would want in a working partnership! Then go and honestly google the crap out of

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

ZeZe @0zezezz

@LitAgentKelly Hi! Should I query to multiple agents simultaneously? What happens if multiple agents give an offer? Do you turn some down?

Replying to @0zezezz

Yes, query simultaneously! Usually authors query in rounds (some 10-15 agents at a time, I’d assume?) and when they get enough rejections, move on to another round. If multiple agents offer, then yes, you will have to turn some down by the deadline given!

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Bethany Simonsen is querying again @Bethanyrambles

@LitAgentKelly I know agents talk about MSs they like but don't love enough to rep. Do agents sign writers for a project they DO love, and then reconsider those other MSs?

Replying to @Bethanyrambles

Meaning from the same person? Yes. @briston_brooks is my perfect example of this! She sent me 3 manuscripts before being signed, and we’re now going back over the other two and talking about revisions and how to best sell them in the market. :)

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

R.H. Berry 🏳️‍🌈 @AuthorRHBerry

@LitAgentKelly @Michelle4Laughs When (if ever) is it okay to resend a query to an agent who has previously rejected it?

Replying to @AuthorRHBerry

Usually if the manuscript has undergone large revisions, it can be requeried after a longer period of time with the statement that it has gone through major revisions. :)

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Saimira Tola-Khouw @tolasaimira

@LitAgentKelly Any tips / advice for a new writer from outside the US?

Replying to @tolasaimira

Join online writing groups and find friends, and build a community physically near you, too! You’ll need the friends in this industry!

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Sahar Rahimi @Dawnfulness

@LitAgentKelly Hi!! Thanks for this! Would you recommend writing and trying to get your "best book" represented first? Or to focus on other books to build skill and a platform before you work on the book you think will be most successful? #askagent

Replying to @Dawnfulness

Work on the books you want to work on. There is something to be said about practicing and getting skill behind you first, but many people can’t force themselves to write something they’re not feeling then and there. Plus, you could always go back and revise!

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Nancy Lumgair @NancyLumgair

@LitAgentKelly Should someone working towards their debut novel work on a standalone novel vs a series that they're unsure they could make the 1st work as a standalone?

Replying to @NancyLumgair

Work on what you want to work on, and the rest will fall into place. :) Both cycle in and out of popularity, so there’s a time for both and people differ on these decisions, too!

Kelly is using Query Manager now! @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Emily Beecher @The_EmilyB

@LitAgentKelly @CooksUpAStory What's the best way to not awkwardly nudge an agent to get back to you (when their submissions say you'll hear back within xx)?

Replying to @The_EmilyB

You can just respond to the email and say that their submissions say to check back within this time and you were wondering if they had gotten to it yet. But you understand they’re busy and if they haven’t gotten to it yet, no biggie. Just checking in. It’s pretty normal!

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