29
Jul
I'm the anon who asked about advances - what's the average for say, a YA novel to a big six publisher?
— Anonymous

Gah, it still depends. During the paranormal craze if you wrote a paranormal novel you could get a higher advance than just a contemporary for instance. 

For a debut, looking at a number of recent deals, I’d say that the average YA novel advance to a big six publisher falls somewhere around $20-25k. I could, though, be a bit on the high side. And don’t forget that money could be paid out over 2 years. You don’t get it all at once.

Some books make less and do very well. Some books make more and don’t.

I love money. I do. And I have to sell books to make money. But I also have to throw out this disclaimer and say that no one gets into this for the money. We love books. The money is a bonus. But the majority of authors also have another job.

29
Jul
Hi! Who would be the best agent to query with a epistolary novel similar in tone to WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE?
— Anonymous

SUZIE! (she loved this book!)

29
Jul
Is Suzie planning on closing to submissions anytime soon? I hope not. If so can we clone you? Thanks : )
— Anonymous

No. Suzie loves submissions. She would rather see ALL THE SUBMISSIONS than miss out.

So query away!

29
Jul
Is there anyone at New Leaf looking for New Adult books?
— Anonymous

Yes. Suzie.

And possibly Kathleen.

29
Jul
Is Suzie doing 'Can you Handle the Truth,' this August?
— Anonymous

I’m not sure. It depends on how slow this August is. You know who you should discuss this with: the NL assistants who are all on twitter. Maybe you can coerce them into doing a NL Can you Handle the Truth Contest.

I dare you to make it happen.

29
Jul
Thanks so much for your reply about querying translation of novel. How will that work? If you like the novel, will you only represent that novel or the writer? How will that work with future books if the writer doesn't write in English? Does the writer have the book translated each time and then you only try to sell the world English right or also to publishers in the original language and other languages?
— Anonymous

Um, so I’m not a hundred percent sure exactly how it’d work. I’d need to talk to the author and the team here and figure it out. Since most of us only read English (I think) we would probably need future books translated as well. 

We would sell the World English rights and then also try to sell the translation rights by working with our co-agents.

29
Jul
When you are interested in signing a client,when do you talk about other Manuscripts they have written,if ever?
— Anonymous

Usually at the phone call stage, I’ll ask them about what else they want to write or have written and what they want their career to look like, etc.

29
Jul
Can a writer be on submission for two projects at once? When is it appropriate to submit a new manuscript for a writer after the first?
— Anonymous

Not really. At the agent stage, you should query multiple agents with your project. When the submission has run it’s course and everyone has either passed or it’s only left with a few stragglers, then query your next ms.

At the editor stage, your agent will tell you what’s appropriate. 

29
Jul
What is the acceptable word count range in YA contemp? I recall Suzie had a blog about word count range in general on Confessions, but I cant find it anywhere. ( Or maybe I am just mixed up)
— Anonymous

Ah, it’s Colleen Lindsay who has the great post on word count: http://theswivet.blogspot.com/2008/03/on-word-counts-and-novel-length.html

For YA contemporary I’d say 60-65k is the sweet spot. You can go as low as 45K or as high as 85-90K and if the ms works, then it’s not a problem. I’d try to keep it within that range.

29
Jul
If you pass a query to one of your fellow agents, do you let the writer know right then, or wait to see what the other agent says first?
— Anonymous

Nope. I forward to other agents and say something like “any interest?” They read the query and either say “yes, request it for me” or “Not for me” or “I’ll reach out to them”

29
Jul
When Suzie mentions she's interested in magical realism, what does she mean by that? What, specifically, separates something from being fantasy and magical realism? Thanks!
— Anonymous

Fantasy: other world (ie Game of Thrones by George RR Martin)

Urban Fantasy: worldbuilding to make our current world other (Bitten by Kelley Armstrong)

Magical Realism: one element of magic but a story grounded in the real world (Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)

29
Jul
How does new leaf feel about YA novels written in verse? I'm in the early stages of a romance contemp told in verse and I am wondering if this is something anyone is still interested in.
— Anonymous

Yep. Any of us would be interested. Check us out and see who you think would be the best fit.

29
Jul
When is Suzies 'can you handle the truth ' query critique ?
— Anonymous

I don’t know. When she has the time?

29
Jul
Is it a turn off when an author mentions that you requested a full on a previous MS of theirs?
— Anonymous

Nope. 

29
Jul