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

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?

Replying to @K8rs_gonna_Kate

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

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

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?

Replying to @merelecroix

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.

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

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

Replying to @coreywrites

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.

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

Karri Roberts @KarriRoberts16

@LitAgentKelly Is new adult something publishers will buy? It seems like a dead space.

Replying to @KarriRoberts16

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.

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

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!

Replying to @CherieR_

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.

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

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?

Replying to @DMandzz

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!

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

Jbtci @Jbtci1

@LitAgentKelly Where should one best look for publishing opportunities for a small, fable type story vs a full length novel?

Replying to @Jbtci1

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!

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

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?

Replying to @Ashley_addymom

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.

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

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?

Replying to @christyswift27

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. :)

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

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?

Replying to @berwyn_j

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. :)

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

𓂀 Sam Nicholson @samapplepie

@LitAgentKelly @CooksUpAStory How did you become an agent?

Replying to @samapplepie

I started as an Intern and then move dup to an assistant/apprentice! Before the internship, I started as a book blogger. :)

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

M. Joan Morgan @mjoanmorgan

@LitAgentKelly Any trends you are seeing in your query box right now?

Replying to @mjoanmorgan

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!

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

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?

Replying to @DeidreHuesmann

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.

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

Jacqueline Stefanowicz @J_PlainandFancy

@LitAgentKelly Why is it that some agents want a book proposal and others don't?

Replying to @J_PlainandFancy

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.

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