Stephanie Stein

Editor

Harper Teen

Harper Kids

Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

Ryan La Sala @Ryality

In no way do I think this will be helpful, but my comp titles for REVERIE were...

INCEPTION v. RUPAUL

But it worked???

#AskDVpit twitter.com/laurenspiellerโ€ฆ

The most effective "X meets Y" is always one where the combo is surprising! So agents/editors are desperate to know how on earth you pulled it off. Which, I am not one of the lucky folks who've already read REVERIE but I've been WAITING. ๐Ÿคฉ #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

Cimone Watson @bachbunny

Favorite recent read? #askDVpit

Well, Twitter, y'all know how I feel about THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR. Also finally read THE POET X which is an absolute tour de force. #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

LaurenโœจPierre @boxfulthoughts

When looking for comp titles, is it better to focus on similar themes rather than similar content? Ex. Using a contemporary middle grade GN about friendship as a comp for a manuscript that's also about friendship, only in a fantasy setting. #askDVpit

In a case like this, I would suggest being specific about what you are comparing. "The strong friendships of X and the rich fantasy world of Y," perhaps. Or "TITLE with a fantasy spin." You want to make sure the ms delivers what your pitch promises. #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent
Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan

@stephlystein i say an evocative title can add to the intrigue!!! #askdvpit
Replying to @beth_phelan

This is a good point! And @Ryality mentioned THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END earlier, which is an example of a killer illustrative title that also punches home the hook #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent
Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

Cimone Watson @bachbunny

What trends do you think we'll be seeing in publishing soon (genre-wise) and what trends are on their way out? #askDVpit

If we could predict this, we'd be printing money! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Certain categories, esp. in YA, are crowded, but that doesn't mean inventive new stuff won't sell. Rom-coms are in, but there are a lot in the queue at pubs already. You can't write to trends; you'll never catch them! #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent
Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

Fartumo Kusow @FKusow

@DVpit_ @Ryality @pushthepanorama @beth_phelan @TiffanyDiahann @laurenspieller @stephlystein My main character is 13, with adult themes. Should I pitch it as YA or literary fiction.

The key to "what makes a book YA" is voice. Does the narrative mood of your book inhabit the immediacy and spirit of BEING a teen, or is it more mature or even nostalgic? If you don't feel ready to make this call, you might want to do more reading in recent YA fiction. #askDVpit

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

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

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent

Zya aka Najwa Moses @najwamoses

How close /good do our comps need to be? Iโ€™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