Cherie Richardson Writes @CherieR_@LitAgentKelly If you are querying, only getting rejections stating "this wasn't a good fit for me" at what point do you decide to revise? Thank you!
That’s not for anyone to decide but yourself. You know your manuscript and story best, and if you don’t know WHAT about your story to revise, it may be best to send to some beta readers and CPs first when considering revising to get their feedback.
Mandy- summers are for gardens and words @DMandzz@LitAgentKelly Thinking about the gap between MG and YA. How do you feel about younger MCs in #YA?
It’s tough because YA seems to be aging up quite a bit, so 15 can even be a hard sell sometimes. YA is trending more 16-18 at the moment, and upper MG is going to 13. 14 is somewhat no man’s land at the moment!
Brian Edward Elder @WrongPlanet2@LitAgentKelly Just how much of my work should I send with a query, on average? Chapter? Paragraph? Link to full potboiler-umm, novel?
Every agent and agency differs, so I usually suggest to have a 5 page, 10 page, first chapter, and 3 chapter samples ready to go. :)
Jbtci @Jbtci1@LitAgentKelly Where should one best look for publishing opportunities for a small, fable type story vs a full length novel?
You’d probably be better of looking at anthologies, presses who put out calls for short stories, and journals who publish the sorts of short stories you write. I can’t be too much of a help because usually agents don’t deal with short stories. Sorry!
RL Martin @AuthorRLMartin@LitAgentKelly How important is word count to you? I may be one of the few that likes shorter books sometimes, plus I imagine it saves on printing. However, I don't know that the sales would balance out that cost since most prefer longer books/getting their "money's worth."
Actually it costs publishers less to print shorter books. 😂 They have a tendency for debuts to lean shorter, while authors with proven sales records can go longer. So for debuts, it’s important!
Ashbash 👑 @Ashley_addymom@LitAgentKelly When you request a full manuscript do you always finish or do you sometimes stop if you know it’s a no go?
A lot of times agents will stop reading once they realize it’s not the best fit for them or isn’t quite ready. We unfortunately don’t have enough time to finish reading every full we request if we know it’s not for us.
Christy Swift is querying @christyswift27@LitAgentKelly Hi Kelly. Thanks! How often do you (and agents in general) ask for R&Rs? Do R&Rs usually end up as a contract? What makes you willing to take that extra step to do an R&R for a writer rather than rejecting?
Not very often, actually! We have to really see something in the writer and the story and in my case, an R&R is more so giving the author the ability to prove they can handle the edits I’d be throwing at them, as well as making sure our visions align. :)
J.W. Berwyn @berwyn_j@LitAgentKelly @CooksUpAStory I'm self publishing my first book, writing my second. Should I wait to see how sales are from my first book before I think about getting an agent for my second?
Well you don’t want to query agents with an incomplete manuscript! So finish your second book first, but make sure you’re not trying to have an agent represent a second book in a SERIES. They need to be two separate stories/series completely. :)
M. Joan Morgan @mjoanmorgan@LitAgentKelly Any trends you are seeing in your query box right now?
Thrillers and horror at the moment, which I’m totally down for! I’m so ready for the fall spook season! I’d love to see more ghosts too, and MG and Adult stories!
Deidre Huesmann @DeidreHuesmann@LitAgentKelly Compared to pages, how much does synopsis weigh on your desire to read more? Can it change your mind if you're on the fence?
I’m the black sheep in this and I know it. I don’t like to read your synopsis unless I AM on the fence about requesting more pages. I know that a synopsis showing how your story unfolds can have a large impact on other agents though.
Jacqueline Stefanowicz @J_PlainandFancy@LitAgentKelly Why is it that some agents want a book proposal and others don't?
Book proposals are usually utilized for non-fiction only! And sometimes if agents believe they can sell your next book (because they already sold one or a few) quickly, we may ask for a proposal and sample chapters in order to garner some interest in your next idea.
Lauren Sevier @LaurenSevier@LindaEpstein @kaitylynne13 On the publishing/contracts end...Is it standard that when an author finally gets an offer/contract that there is a book advance attached to that offer? Esp. for debuts? Would you steer anyone away from a publisher who does NOT offer a debut author an advance? #askagent
I’m officially done with #askagent for tonight but yes, in traditional publishing it is standard to get an advance, whether you’re a debut or not. I wouldn’t advise a client to accept an offer without one.
Adrian Eves @AdrianEves07@LindaEpstein in querying and samples, what are your pet peeves?
I hate when people get my name wrong, have multiple spelling errors in their query, don't follow my submission guidelines, query me for things I don't rep, or are rude. 😬
JRPyle-Carter @JrpyleC@LindaEpstein @AnneTibbets #askagent When's the best time to send an agent a query? Are there certain times of year when you're swamped?
Agents are always swamped. Don't query somewhen when they are closed to submissions and don't expect agents to work on holidays/vacations just because that's when most people have the time to query. And be patient.
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)
Kadie @KadieAWriter281@LindaEpstein @kaitylynne13 #askagent Hi Linda, I was wondering if you know about collaborating authors? If two writers work together to become an author for their book, how would this work within the publishing/querying process? Thanks! 😊📝 I’m going to collaborate with my mom for the Sci-Fi book.
If you're always going to write together then query together, because you'll want an agent who will sell books for you as a team.
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.