Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips

KiXMom/kimonomomo @kimonomomo

@Sarah_Nicolas How long do most agents remain “open” and how long “closed”? I’m almost ready to query but worry I’ll miss opportunities if I take too long.
Replying to @kimonomomo

There is no standard. They basically close when they are overwhelmed with their inbox or know they need to spend time focused on clients (or to take some kind of leave). If you have one or two you *really* want, query when they are open so you don't miss them if you get an offer

Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
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(dil)emma dhanda @a_petite_writer

@Sarah_Nicolas Do you prefer people send prologues in their query sample pages? I’ve seen a lot of conflicting accounts from different sources so I never know whether to include mine.
Replying to @a_petite_writer

Prologues are hard because they often don't give a good idea of what reading the whole book is going to be like. They're often in a different pov or even style from the rest of the book and we're not being introduced to the character we're going to spend most of our time with

Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips

Shannon Hawkins @sionnanigans

@Sarah_Nicolas I had a Pitmad request last month, and I’m still taking forever to get the agent my query packet, because I’ve been moving and I’m fried. Does this gap in the timeframe of the request up to now normally burn chances with agents (or not look good) when materials get sent out?
Replying to @sionnanigans

Agents will vary on this. Some will think you maybe pitched when you weren't ready and rushed to finish. Many will have compassion because they know everyone is overwhelmed and exhausted. However, it probably doesn't matter even if they raise an eyebrow at timing. (Cont)

Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips

Shahnaz Ahmed @DrShahnazAhmed

@Sarah_Nicolas Do agents edit also? And if so, do they charge?
Replying to @DrShahnazAhmed

Agents edit to a variety of degrees. An agent who is representing you should never ever charge you for edits. An agent makes 15% commission on your book sales

Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips

Aaron J. Cole @aaron_j_cole

@Sarah_Nicolas Do agents read synopses (when asked for) even if the query doesn’t necessarily hook? Or is it query -> synopsis -> first pages?
Replying to @aaron_j_cole

Everyone is different. I think most agents will read at least the first paragraph of pages if the query doesn't hook. (Unless it's like a totally not interested in the idea situation) A lot don't read synopsis unless they're hooked by query and pages.

Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips

Zach Humphrey @Blueslushie92

@Sarah_Nicolas Hi! Any advice on how to decide which agents to query per batch? Also, how much industry knowledge should we have before we start querying?
Replying to @Blueslushie92

Everyone's a little bit different so it's hard to answer that question for someone. For me, I'd do a mix of the ones I think would be a perfect match and the ones that are more of a maybe if that makes sense?

Sarah Nicolas aka Sarah N Fisk
@Sarah_Nicolas
Literary Agent
Agent at @TheTobiasAgency as Sarah N. Fisk. YA Author as Sarah Nicolas. @qqqpodcast host, event planner, writer @bookriot , founding member @disabilityinpub .
24 MSWL
79 AskAgent
1 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
136 MSWL
124 AskAgent
11 Queries
92 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
136 MSWL
124 AskAgent
11 Queries
92 Tips

Writer's Block @Mind_Trace

@annmrose Hi. My stories are very long. Should I query the word count accepted part for the genre and say there’s more? Or query the full story with the understanding that it’ll have to be split into several books to get the full story, if picked up?
Replying to @Mind_Trace

You should probably try to fit within word count standards as best you can. Not having a full/complete book isn’t a better idea than saying it needs multiple books to make it a whole story. 😬 shoot for stand alone with series potential

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
136 MSWL
124 AskAgent
11 Queries
92 Tips

Jill Safran @WittyMystic

@annmrose @tjhrudman Thanks for doing this! I want to know if I should mention my book has potential for a sequel in the query or if I should just pitch it as a stand-alone book?
Replying to @WittyMystic

To put it frankly every book has series potential if there is a market for it so IMO it’s not necessary to say. But stand alone with series potential is fine to put in a query.

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
136 MSWL
124 AskAgent
11 Queries
92 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
136 MSWL
124 AskAgent
11 Queries
92 Tips

Chiarra Arpaia @ChiarraArpaia

@annmrose I coauthored a novel I would call fantasy (fairies, magic, second world) but beta readers are telling me it reads more like literary fiction. How do I describe that/pick genre/know who to query? Also, why do so many agents only rep fantasy for YA?
Replying to @ChiarraArpaia

Well there is literary fantasy — the literary part is more about the voice when there is magic and fairies and other worlds.
I couldn’t tell you why for the second question. I know a bunch of agents who take adult fantasy. We are out there.