Kate_Robertson 🇨🇦 @K8rs_gonna_Kate@LitAgentKelly Do agents keep their clients when they switch agencies? What happens if they take a maternity/paternity or any other type of leave?
Sometimes! It depends on the agency contracts and who/what they sign with. There’s many stipulations for this matter in the contract itself, so read them carefully. And usually they’ll either still work, or they’ll have a trusted colleague or assistant help while they’re in leave
GL Francis @merelecroix@LitAgentKelly Separate question: how much does a publication resume weigh in on an agent's decision whether to ask for more on a query?
In my experience, we look for authors who have experience in the industry and who can market themselves, so seeing this background is always nice. However, if the story or voice doesn’t fit us, there’s not much a huge bio will do to fix that.
Jacob Ryckman @JTRyckman@LitAgentKelly @CortneyRadocaj Is there any chance of getting published without going to conferences? As a full-time teacher, my time during the school year is suuuuuper limited.
Of course! I have actually not signed any authors from conferences yet, and all of my current clients have been from Twitter pitch events, writing events (like @PitchWars), and the slush pile!
Corey McCafferty @coreywrites@LitAgentKelly Is it annoying, bad form to send revisions of a MS after receiving agent feedback to agents who still have your full out? #askagent
You can send an email explaining the situation to the agents who have your manuscript if you’d like. I don’t really see it as annoying, as I feel like it happens quite often.
denis shaughnessy @denishaughnessy@LitAgentKelly @merelecroix Hi Kelly, my question is this- how strong is the market currently for ultra-reflexive, pseudo-aleatory, hyper metafictional, hilarious surreal anti-thrillers?
Meta isn’t really in right now, and satire is hard to place. I might suggest narrowing down those genres and descriptors before pitching in order to give agents better ideas of what you’re writing.
GL Francis @merelecroix@LitAgentKelly Although I've heard never to mention that a book is part or beginning of a series, can agents spot when there's series potential in a query?
You should say it’s part of a planned series or has series potential, but make sure you only focus on pitching your first book and not the whole series.
Karri Roberts @KarriRoberts16@LitAgentKelly Is new adult something publishers will buy? It seems like a dead space.
It’s tricky because publishers need to see sales numbers for NA before they probably start buying them again and carving out a space for them in the shelves.
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. :)
𓂀 Sam Nicholson @samapplepie@LitAgentKelly @CooksUpAStory How did you become an agent?
I started as an Intern and then move dup to an assistant/apprentice! Before the internship, I started as a book blogger. :)
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.