Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Aug 20

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?

#askagent

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 · Aug 20

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 · Aug 18

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 · Aug 18

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.

Kari Sutherland @KariSutherland · Aug 16

Mackenzie Reed @mackenziemreed7

@KariSutherland Also, when pitching a crossover, would that be pitched as YA and NA? And to an agent, does that mean it could be marketed to both genres?

#AskAgentBLA

Replying to @mackenziemreed7

If the characters and themes feel more suited to YA, then query it as YA. I tend not to use NA, just call it a YA with crossover appeal. Unless the themes are really more on the adult side. #AskAgentBLA

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