A thing I like to post on here periodically is that I don’t accept Facebook or Instagram requests from people I don’t know! And #pubtip: they’re not great ways to handshake network with an agent. Most of us (not all, but most) think of these as personal space.
Chelsea Eberly @chelseberly14) Lots of great breakdowns on financial literacy. Read your contract and ask questions--that's why you have an agent. Your editor is not expecting money management questions and will not pre-emptively give advice either. Walk through the contract with your agent. #EberlyAdvice
This is super important.
Agents work for writers. Editors work for publishing houses.
Editors will be fierce advocates for your work, but *you* have to be a fierce advocate for your own financial literacy. #pubtip
Random unasked for observation: I’ve left the door open for quite a few authors lately to revise and resubmit. Honestly a lot of close-but-not-there-yet submissions. I always read hoping it’ll be great—maybe a push will help one of these books make that leap. #pubtip #amagenting
Tor Teen @torteen"You turn eighteen, and they find you."
Start reading @spricewrites's thrilling debut, #AThousandFires, now! torteenblog.com/2019/09/16/rea…
I’ve loved this book since the first time I read it. Now you can take a peek at what snagged me from the first page. #pubtip
Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproulI am much more comfortable now offering notes like “this whole chapter lacks zazz” and “make more good!!!”. Also telling people that if they’re saying “just tell me what to do!” about a book concept, maybe it’s not the right book for them or the right time to be writing books.
In #pubtip sum: my ideal relationship is with an author comfortable with the equality of the power dynamic and unthreatened by ambiguity. Now to go embroider that on a throw pillow
Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproulOf course, you've got to have the perception and emotional intelligence (or narcissism! That works sometimes too!) to understand how to create thunderclaps for other people. But that's different than trying to give people "what they want" based on what they're guessing they want.
TL DR: "electability" is BS and this is also a #pubtip
I’ve been thinking a lot about how and when I read submissions. Especially since having kids and being generally useless after they go to bed. Mostly I think I want to dispel the myth of a single-sitting-speed-read being the only sign of a win. #amagenting #pubtip
L’Oreal Thompson Payton @LTintheCityUpdating the comps list (comparative releases) for my book proposal and reminding myself that there's room for all of us, there's room for all of us, there's room for all of us...
Other successful books are not a threat. With comps, a good-selling title lifts all boats by proving the readership for the topic. #pubtip
#Pubtip for my #amwriting #kidlit folks: try reading adult novels with child protagonists! It'll cement the difference between what's a kids' book and what's an adult book about a kid. Sometimes people think they're writing one when it's really the other!
How many agents should you submit your query letter to?
As many agents as are appropriate, just be sure the genre of your #book is covered by that #agent. #BooksByTheNumbers
#Publishing @scbwi #Authors @PublishersWkly #PubTip @ALALibrary #AmWriting #Writers MUA: @FacesbyMadge
Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul@taffyakner PEOPLE WANT TO FEEL. They just want to feel. Most would rather feel angry or anxious than not feel at all, although feelings of love and belonging are better. They want to feel animated by something and pulled by a sense of mission. They want big lives that matter.
Psst, this is also an important #pubtip for selling a book, particularly nonfiction. You can be the most qualified and intelligent person on Earth, but if you're not giving people the clarion call, the shock of recognition, the prickling in the eyes, etc.
Liselle (LIZ-elle) @LiselleSamburyI'm excited to share more about my journey to publication in this week's newest video where I chat all about how I got my book deal starting with when I signed with my agent.
WATCH HERE: buff.ly/2PaojxX
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Another fabulous video from @LiselleSambury! Love that she highlights all the points we discussed on THE CALL. It can be intimidating in the moment, but don't be afraid to ask questions & make sure the offering agent is the right fit for you! #pubtip
How can you tell the number of times your book has been printed? The answer can usually be found in your book! #BooksByTheNumbers
#SerendipityLit @scbwi #Publishing @ALALibrary #Authors #LiteraryAgent @PublishersWkly #PubTip #Agents #POCinPub #Writers #Books MUA: @FacesbyMadge
"Baggage is okay. It’s good to share it. It’s good for the new person in your life to know what might trigger bad feelings. And it’s good for you and your new relationship to build up a trust that can overcome that baggage." #WednesdayWisdom #PubTip bookendsliterary.com/2019/04/23/the…