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I think this sort of thing would be challenging in YA now as we're not seeing strong anthology sales even when big authors are attached. That said, if you were submitting, the ms should be done but you can just have sample illustrations (rather than all finished) #askdvpit
S.I. Ryder @SIRyder2#askDVpit is it important to include comparable titles in the query letter? Can you skip it or is that a bad idea?
Not an agent myself, but imo using comp titles shows that you're familiar with the target market and already have a sense of where your book will sit when it's published, which is a good thing to signal. #askdvpit
Ashwin 🔱 @AshwinWijayAs publishing is a business, along with a strong manuscript how important is the author themselves when sealing a deal? Like whether it be their marketability or social media influence, is it a bonus or a crucial aspect? #askDVpit
Typically platform is a bonus, not a dealbreaker--at least for fiction. For nonfiction, it can be far more important because you need to be able to prove your bona fides for why you're speaking to a topic. #askdvpit
Emily F. Johnson @LifeMoreSweet#askDVpit Would my graphic novel be considered #OwnVoices when I'm Native American and my characters are the equivalent of Native people in a fantasy world?
Similar to another answer I gave, but I'd trust someone from a specific culture to adapt their culture sensitively to a fantasy setting than I would someone who's an outsider, which to me means the author's identity is crucial to the storytelling and thus ownvoices #askdvpit
Evalyn_Broderick @EvalynBroderickIf I have an #ownvoices Jewish book BUT it's sci-fi so it involves the version of Judaism I think will be practiced far in the future is this a crazy turn off and/or no longer ownvoices?
Hm, this is tricky, but in my experience I'd trust a writer from that background to sensitively predict how the religion/culture will adapt far more than I would a writer who wasn't, so imo your identity would still be imp't to the story and I'd still call it ownvoices. #askdvpit
Isaac O. Daramola😊 @IsaacDaraWrites#askDVpit
I really want to get the concept of a statement like: 'acquired north-american rights' to a book. Does that mean the author can go on to pitch the already worked-on final draft to other agents in, let's say, Europe or Africa?
So your agent typically represents you in all territories, and their agency will handle subrights deals overseas/outside North Am. That kind of statement usually refers the actual book deal with a publisher, which may only cover certain markets. #askdvpit
Zach, #MelissaMonster @ZarionKreena#askDVpit As a Jewish reader, I’m always interested in representation. Are there any books with Jewish characters set to be released in the next few years? My apologies if I sound rude or annoying and I hope that you have an excellent day.
JaQuette Gilbert @mrsjpgilbertIf I want my illustrations to include minority characters, is it possible to request that? #askdvpit
Absolutely, and this is a priority for publishers/editors too. I want to publish books that represent our world in all its diversity! If your book is a picture book, it's totally cool to include art notes that say so, or illustrator notes in an illustrated MG, etc. #askdvpit
SOMHOW @somhow13#askDVpit Hi DVpit! Do you want/accept a fan art comic pitch? Or story that borrow the background setting from other existing famous movies or fictions?
While these can be good portfolio pieces (and I know that this has led to deals at places like Marvel where all their work is work-for-hire), I wouldn't be able to acquire a fanart/fanfiction-type story for ©️ reasons (unless the orig. source was in the public domain) #askdvpit
Ashwin 🔱 @AshwinWijayIs it a good time to query agents and are Publishing imprints actively acquiring rn? I cut ties with my old agent (mild homophobia and Hinduphobia) last August and focused on school but today’s affairs make me feel it’s best I delay my Publishing endeavours a bit. #askDVpit
While some publishers are having a difficult go of things right now financially, at least in my experience we are still acquiring at a regular if not increased rate. #askdvpit
Peter Wayne @peterwaynebooksWhen adding comp titles, should we capitalize descriptions of the comp titles as well?
For example: "EGYPTIAN PERCY JACKSON" or "Egyptian PERCY JACKSON"
You don't need to capitalize the description--the capitalization should only include the book title itself (imo, it's a way to get around the issue of not being able to do ital or underline in certain text settings like twitter, etc.) #askdvpit