Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

✨ Elayna Mae Darcy 🍂 @elaynamae

@LitAgentKelly I see a lot of agents say they specifically don't rep poetry, but my YA SFF novel has poetry as an element (one at the start of each chapter) Should I let that deter me from querying those agents, or give it a try anyway since poetry is not the bulk of the book? #AskAgent

Replying to @elaynamae

If it’s just a short poem at the beginning of each chapter, I don’t think it will necessarily deter an agent from repping you if they like your story otherwise. When they say they don’t rep poetry (most don’t) we’re saying full books of poems/poetry.

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @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!

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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 CLOSED to Queries @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.

Sort by a hashtag