Hattie @hatteatimeI'm also looking for that book-club/psych thriller middle-ground, in the vein of Liane Moriarty, where there are lots of dark secrets and surprising twists and characters that could be someone you know.
In historical fiction, I would love something witchy and gothic. My taste tends towards under-represented voices from history, rather than a regency court romance. I'd love historical fiction by black and Asian voices. I love historical +mystery, or historical +love story.
In crime fiction I'm still on the hunt for a great new regional British crime series. I love atmospheric, character driven, rich crime stories like Tana French. I love modern twists on classic detective fiction. I like locked room mysteries and cosy crime villages.
(I love queer fiction and queer stories, from all parts of the sexuality and gender spectra, including coming out and coming of age stories but also just LGBTQ people doing normal stuff people in books can do - solve crimes, fall in love, makes mistakes and find themselves)
I'm looking for dark, gritty or issues-driven contemporary fiction. I'm here for tricky family dynamics, generational divides, the nuances of modern relationships. I loved My Dark Vanessa, Normal People, Such A Fun Age.
Hattie @hatteatimeI judge all my submissions on three criteria - strength of concept (is it marketable? is it individual? is it interesting?), confidence of voice (you get a sense of the fluency of a voice from one page alone) and sustained compelling storytelling (which I need a full ms to judge)
Right now I'm looking for contemporary fiction (both commercial and upmarket), historical fiction and crime fiction. I'm really keen to hear from diverse voices - BIPOC writers, LGBT writers, regional writers, disabled writers, working class writers, writers without a degree.
RL Martin 🧸🧜🏻♀️🦄🧚🏻♂️ @AuthorRLMartin@UweStenderPhD Once you decide to offer rep, do you email the author immediately, or is there a team discussion, or do you go ahead and gather some names for which agents you'd sub to? I'm curious what the process is from making the decision to reaching out and letting that decision be known.
I will either call you instantly the moment I decide to offer, or email you for a time to chat. When you refer to "agents" in this question, I assume you mean "editors." I would never offer rep unless I could think of at least 10 editors who may love this as I am reading.
@mohayeswriter @mohayeswriter@UweStenderPhD For a novel that has elements of women’s fiction, Rom Com, humor, and suspense - is genre necessary in a query or should I just say Debut ?
I think genre is important. I would base it on your comparables.
Leonardo Wild @DlwildWild@UweStenderPhD Hi Uwe, I believe we met back in 2013 or 2014, briefly during ThrillerFest/PitchFest.
If an agent during an organized virtual pitch session where you had to pay to participate requests a partial, how long would you say one must wait before nudging?
Thanks in advance for answering
Nice to having met you. Honestly, I would wait 2 months, but not longer to check in on a partial, especially if it was at a paid event.
Brian Wask @BrianWask@UweStenderPhD Do you want to know how the story ends?
In a query, no. In a synopsis, yes. But I never request a synopsis so please take my advice with a grain, or several grains, of salt.
🌈Susan is social distancing☔ @sjpierce_author@UweStenderPhD I got feedback on a full that was basically "great voice, writing, and characters...but I didn't feel that spark to really champion it." Is that a good sign that I don't need to tweak anything and just keep going until I find the one it clicks with?
I interpret that response as a "not for me." It's neither a good sign nor a bad one, it's just a way to respond. I'd keep going based on that.
Sara Henderson IS WAITING.... @Henderson79Sara@UweStenderPhD #askagent I’ve read differing opinions on this, so I wanted to get your opinion. Is it appropriate to nudge an agent who has requested a full after a certain amount of time? I’ve read after 3- 6 months, it’s ok. Thoughts? Also, do agents always respond after requesting a full?
I would wait 3 months, and then it is appropriate for sure. I would respond, but I cannot speak for others.
Teresa @TeresaTraver1@UweStenderPhD Is getting the query letter perfect as important as people say, or do first pages matter more?
It depends on the agent. If you wrote a lousy query letter to me, I would likely pass instantly, & not look further. If I love your query, I will ask for the full. & then, I need to love whatever I am reading to keep reading. Other agents, incl. at Triada US, do it differently.
Dalton Valette @daltonvalette@UweStenderPhD With the pandemic, have you experienced an uptick in queries or a decline from previous years? Or about the same?
No change. They come in 50+ each day. And that makes me happy. Some normalcy is reassuring these days.
Kristi Tragethon IS in FULL teacher mode! @KristiTragethon@UweStenderPhD #askagent How long do you (on average) take to review a full manuscript? And if you’re on the fence about it...do you put it aside of awhile?
That depends. Sadly, these days it can take me months, and other times, days. It depends on how busy/distracted/focused I am both professionally and personally. My average is probably 7 or 8 weeks. Sometimes I wonder if I should offer or request an R&R. That could delay things.
Maddie Jay @maddiejaymusicUndertow video out now 🥺🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/FSuf73Q4za
okay like now that audio is on Twitter, I LOVE this song!! And want a contemporary YA or Adult WF or Romance that feels like this #mswl