Tara is open to queries. 🔮✨ @Literary_TaraI love being an agent, but the worst part about the job is having to pass on great manuscripts. We can't take on all the ones we like, we have to take on the ones that truly sink their teeth into us. The ones we have a vision for. The ones that click. 1/2
On Sale Date: the big day! The one that matters to authors/readers. The actual day the book is live and available to purchase! 🥳 🥂
This is the date the public thinks of as "pub date" or "release date" etc, but in-house we call it "on sale date" to be crystal clear.
Release Date: somewhat ambiguous but essentially the day books can be "released" from the warehouse and shipped to stores and/or the day digital files are sent to online distributors/retailers.
I think. It's behind the scenes stuff. *shrug*
Pub Date: a general publication MONTH.
Ex: we call it a "February pub" and the date is 2/1/20. You may see 2/20 on an ARC etc. This is how we organize titles for our seasonal schedules. It is not the actual day a book is on sale. It's often not a Tuesday!
#PSA to the book world! Some publishers (like HarperCollins) have 3 key terms & dates re: the publication of a book.
Pub Date. Release Date. On Sale Date.
The public uses them interchangeably but they mean different things to us. A random (but useful?) thread! #pubtip
Here is a #pubtip I wish those of us who write and sell nonfiction were better at communicating--to ourselves, to others, and especially to new authors:
Quality nonfiction does not develop on an assembly line. It develops organically and ambiguously, in lurches and recursions.
When I teach query letter workshops I like to encourage writers to take a moment, right before they nervously click send on their email, to imagine that the agent they’re querying is sitting on a couch in sweats with a cat curled up on their lap. #querytip
Samantha Wekstein @SWeksteinLet's talk about titles! For a query titles don't matter much, so don't stress. Titles often change multiple times before publication. However! Titles should be catchy! They should say something about your book.They should not include unrecognizable, made up words. #querytip
There are obviously some exceptions to that last one. They should not be so long that we can't remember them! They should not have subtitles unless they are nonfiction. Look at current popular titles in your genre and try to emulate the style. #querytip
Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit3) Turn in individual chapters as you finish them. Not preferred unless super crunched on time since editors need several chapter for perspective.
There are many variations. Best to agree upfront how you & your editor will work together. Editors usually work on several projects at a time so need to plan when a mss is coming in for editing. #pubtip #amediting
Subbing to editors AND querying agents is a lot like fishing! Fishing with the right kind of bait is key (the high-quality stuff, ie great writing) and of course making sure you have lots of good hooks (in your writing)! Next, you have to learn how to cast (or query) #querytip #1
A small Monday #pubtip/plea: authors, I know that when you finish your manuscript, you’re exhausted and the small stuff can slip. I understand—making a book takes up a lot of your brain! But *please* make sure your chapters are properly numbered before you submit your draft!!
If you're querying an agent you've previously interacted with in any depth (read a partial; read a full) w/a new project, acknowledging that history is a nice touch -- if they liked enough to request before, it's only a good thing. #querytip