Kiki Nguyen @kianangu · 17 Oct 2019

Cimone Watson @bachbunny

How important/advisable, if at all, is it for a writer to stay in one genre? Is there a certain number of books in one genre an author should write before branching out? Do unagented writers need to be concerned about that, or can it wait? #askDVpit

I don’t think there’s a certain number of books an author should write before seeking an agent. It’s smarter and easier for authors to resolve in writing in one/similar genres when starting out to build a brand, as well. #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein @stephlystein · 17 Oct 2019

Cimone Watson @bachbunny

How important/advisable, if at all, is it for a writer to stay in one genre? Is there a certain number of books in one genre an author should write before branching out? Do unagented writers need to be concerned about that, or can it wait? #askDVpit

This can wait, IMO. Long-term career goals are something you should discuss w/ your eventual agent, but many factors influence this; if you do well in one genre starting out, you might want to build that audience; in other situations you might want to gear shift, etc. #askDVpit

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · 17 Oct 2019

Kel Thee Stallion🦄 @keliswrites

Best Practice: How long does a writer have, to respond to a request for query materials/full requests? #askDVpit

Replying to @keliswrites

we rec 3 weeks bc the of-the-moment excitement but we hope that agents/editors will still be interested even if it doesn't come in immediately. that said, if it makes more sense to just wait for the next dvpit then that might be the better option, depending #askDVpit

Kiki Nguyen @kianangu · 17 Oct 2019

Kel Thee Stallion🦄 @keliswrites

Best Practice: How long does a writer have, to respond to a request for query materials/full requests? #askDVpit

It’s best to respond to requests within 2 months. It’s never too late, IMO, but after a certain point you forget the excitement you had when requesting. #askDVpit

Carolina Ortiz @pushthepanorama · 17 Oct 2019

Zya aka Najwa Moses @najwamoses

How close /good do our comps need to be? I’m struggling #askDVpit

You do want to be close, but it's never going to be perfect--your book is your own after all! Try to think of books that match the tone and themes of your project. You do want to pick a book with good numbers to comp to, but don't limit yourself to the latest bestseller #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein @stephlystein · 17 Oct 2019

Zya aka Najwa Moses @najwamoses

How close /good do our comps need to be? I’m struggling #askDVpit

Replying to @najwamoses

Start with something broad like genre (what's a recent bestseller in your area?) or tone (funny/angsty/cozy/tense?), and see what jumps out to you. It can help to clarify WHAT you are comping, too--"the ensemble cast of X" or "the breakneck pacing of Y" #askDVpit

Lauren is open to queries! @laurenspieller · 17 Oct 2019

Zya aka Najwa Moses @najwamoses

How close /good do our comps need to be? I’m struggling #askDVpit

You want your comps to be both relevant and recent. If you can’t find any, you either need to keep looking or think about why that might be. #askDVpit

jennifer laughran @literaticat · 16 Oct 2019

Somebody on the #AskAgent Tumblr asked about writing an "NA Romance" that doesn't have HEA. But like... then it isn't a Romance...? If it is a ROMANCE, it has to have HEA/HFN. It can be a book with some romance IN IT and have an ambiguous or unhappy ending. But not a ROMANCE.

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