Abby Rose @TheGAofAbby@CortneyRadocaj @thekatsmews Possibly a stupid question, but I'm seeing people talk about literary, upmarket, and commercial works and I'm not sure what the differences are. I'm from the playwrighting world, so these are new terms to me. Sorry for the basic questions!
Not a stupid question at all! Upmarket is a blending of literary and commercial. I actually wrote a blog post on the differences and please feel free to check it out!
Michael Scott Phillips @GreyOwlStudio@thekatsmews @CortneyRadocaj Oh, following up on the issue of editing...your agency has a "no from an agent=no from the agency" policy. Are there any exceptions to that--like a project that has been re-edited?
I would make a note in your query that this is a requery after revision so that the agent knows that it's not a repeat.
Abby Rose @TheGAofAbby@CortneyRadocaj @thekatsmews I've heard when querying, you should have three things to compare your book to (ex: X meets Y meets XYZ). I only have two and have been desperately searching for a third. Is two enough or should I continue my search?
Two is fine.
Eowyn 2020 @cindymariej@CortneyRadocaj @thekatsmews When compiling a sample of a nonfiction book for a proposal, how do I include items that could be sidebars without formatting incorrectly? #AskAgent
I would leave the sidebars out of a pasted writing sample (pages that are copy/pasted directly into your query email). Should more pages be requested by an agent, the sidebar will be apparent in the manuscript.
Michael Scott Phillips @GreyOwlStudio@thekatsmews @CortneyRadocaj What if you're not getting any feedback, just rejections. I know you can't speak for other agents, but is your answer the same?
It could still help in pinpointing issues or you can also try sending out to more beta readers and see what things get pointed out. It could be related to writing, concept, or big picture items and having additional eyes on the manuscript can help with that.
Michael Scott Phillips @GreyOwlStudio@CortneyRadocaj @thekatsmews How does an author know when he or she needs an editor? And do you recommend that authors work with one prior to (re)querying?
If agent feedback is the same from multiple sources, it's usually an indication that there may be something that needs looking at that the author may be unable to see. In that case, hiring an editor may help in pinpointing those issues and finding solutions.