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Why should Twitter have all the fun? Join us for an #AskAgent! Leave any of your publishing, writing, or querying questions as Instagram comments below, and we’ll answer any of them that we can throughout the day. instagram.com/p/B2wuB3_Am9b/…
Caroline Bertaud @BertaudCaroline@bookendslit #AskAgent When my second manuscript is ready, would an agent be more inclined to represent me if I’d gone through the process of having it reviewed by Kirkus before querying? (Assuming the review was good, of course.)
That’s not necessary. Those can come when a pub is attached #AskAgent
Bumbling Gardenista @BumblingGarden@bookendslit When writing a series, do you wait to write books 2 and 3 until after getting an agent because of editing/revision problems or just pump them out and let prospective agents know you have those books nearly ready too? Does that make an agent happy or scared? 😂 #askagent
Yes! You wait until you sell the first book actually. Otherwise it’s just wasted time for you. We’ll have a video posting on this next week for more info!!
George Jreije @George_Jreije@bookendslit @kaitylynne13 Oh, fantastic :) thanks so much! And yes, beyond the name are you wanting more personalization, or do you prefer to dive right into the substance? I know it’s subjective 🙈
Not necessarily. If you want it’s always nice
Kaylen Wade @kaylen_wade@bookendslit When an agent requests additional PB manuscripts, do you think it’s better to submit additional mss showing cohesion or showing range? #AskAgent
While it is nice to show range, you should send what you feel is strongest, ultimately. If you're good at funny Pb's and they're your best mss, send those!
CJ Penko @cjpenko@bookendslit In your experience, would you say more agents prefer the very 1st opening lines of the query to be:
1) straight to the hook for your story
2) name of story, word count, intended age group/ type of book
3) why we are submitting to you (the agent)
Thank you so much. #askagent
This is such a hot topic over here, everyone has different opinions. I think you have to do what works best for you. Saying hello and why you submit first could never hurt.
BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit@gardener_a @kaitylynne13 That is impressive! Keep plugging away. If you've gotten concrete feedback on those rejections you can use them to revise. It all depends on how agents are responding, I'm afraid.
If you're getting requests, your query and idea are definitely catching eyes and hooking agents, but it's likely there is something off about the execution!
Kim @gardener_a@bookendslit @kaitylynne13 I sent out 17 queries and received 5 requests. Ultimately nothing came from this. Is it safe to say I write awesome query letters lol??? Debating my MS and wondering if the idea is good but the writing not so much? 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️
That is impressive! Keep plugging away. If you've gotten concrete feedback on those rejections you can use them to revise. It all depends on how agents are responding, I'm afraid.
Matthew E. Wheeler A.K.A. Rebel Scum @MatthewwheelerE@bookendslit @kaitylynne13 #askagent If you got a request to submit from an agent at a conference last Sept. You sent the material right away but didn't get a response. Sent a check in email a couple of weeks ago, what is the protocol now? Thanks.
Depending on what their protocol is on the website (response guidelines/no answer means no query). You can continue to wait and nudge them periodically if you really want them to consider, or you can withdraw your query.
Melissa Lasher @MelissaLasher@bookendslit Re-query after a significant revision and time period? Would love your thoughts. #askagent
If it's significant and addresses the agents reasons for rejecting, once you have it ready, it's worth a try!
Jamie Lynn Boothe @boop1967@bookendslit #AskAgent How often do you update your MSWL and other sites such as Agent Query and Query Tracker?
Not as Often as we'd like. Once our wishlists go out there, they tend to go to a bunch of places, and it can be hard to keep track. Twitter, and our website is best for up-to-date information. (though QT updates with our preferences on QM so that should be up to date)
Seann McQuarter @McQuarterWriter@bookendslit #AskAgent Can one query TOO many agents? (Not at once, of course.) Despite being on four MS subs and being told my writing is great/strong/lovely, it hasn't found the right agent. I realize it's subjective on all sides, but how many MS rejects would you endure before moving on?
I think this is entirely up to how many agents you think would be a good fit for your manuscript. Once you have no other agents you'd like to work with, I'd say it's time to move on.
George Jreije @George_Jreije@bookendslit @kaitylynne13 Hi! Is there an article or a reference that you recommend to formatting novels for full/partial requests? Also, how important is an individually personalized query, if at all?
Aha, we do! (Link attached).
And to your second question, I would at the very least personalize with the agent's name.
Juli @JB_Currie@bookendslit Thanks for doing this #AskAgent!
If a picture book is dependent on the scene and has <200 words, is there a best way to format the MS (e.g., necessary art notes bracketed, text in line vs. new line break per new scene, potential page numbers indicated etc.)?
Interesting question. Everyone tends to do this a bit differently. You can certainly work it as each line being a new scene, or as each line break being a new spread w/ page numbers included. I would bracket the art notes for ease of reading.
Seann McQuarter @McQuarterWriter@bookendslit #AskAgent and... is a “follow-for-follow” type of Twitter interaction a necessity in attracting agents who focus on platforms? It seems rather odd to have a large “following “ when no one is really paying attention. At least, that’s how it seems...
We always say focus on a strong following, not a large following. But I'm not sure that would help in attracting agents (unless you're working on an NF project, and selling platform)