Would you be interested in a young adult adventure story taking place in the latter half of the 1800s, one which takes the reader all around the world on a thrilling journey?— Anonymous
If it’s good!
Sorry if you've been asked this before, but is YA high fantasy dead right now? I was told by a lot of my friends how hard YA fantasy is to sell right now. I'm currently working on a Graceling--meets--Game of Thrones-esque novel about pirate lords and since I don't ever really see pirate books...I was wondering if they weren't that hot. Thanks.— Anonymous
I don’t think so.
Everything is hard to sell right now, but a great YA fantasy that’s unique and has good worldbuilding could be a winner.
An agent (not you) reviewed my full ms and passed with a very nice personalized rejection, stating that ...talented writer...loved voice...but they don't think they can sell UF/paranormal YA right now. My ms is adult UF. Do you think that's more likely a typo or that they think my ms reads as YA? Should I assume it's a typo and let it go or is that something I should ask about?— Anonymous
I’m sorry, I hate to ask this, but… are you sure it’s personalized? Or is it a form where they wrote in your title and a few key details?
I would assume it’s a typo. Adult UF isn’t running away with the market either. But send this agent your next project.
Hi, I'm writing a novel that deals with a fictional country's politics. Would it be alright to call it a "political thriller", or is that term reserved for real-world politics?— Anonymous
What are your comp titles? As in, readers of WHAT BOOKS will your novel appeal to. If your answer is GAME OF THRONES don’t call it a political thriller. If your answer is Tom Clancy, do.
I see you are looking for both YA & SciFi (adult). Is there a maximum (word) length for the YA/SciFi at which you would say, "No way"? Thanks - twitter: @pathaydenjones— phjwriter
You should be aiming for as close to 100k as possible.
I took on two YA projects that were about 125k. Both were so intensely amazing that I didn’t care that we needed to do some editing before submission.
Both books were close to 110k when published.
YA SF is a very full market at the moment so you have that working against you already—you don’t want someone to be mildly interest and then see the word count and change their mind.
Try for 100k. If you’re a little over it’s okay. If you’re over 110K, you’ll get some passes for word count. If you’re over 125K you’ll get a lot for word count.
If an agent asks for a 5-page sample of your manuscript, do these pages have to be the first five pages or a selection of five pages taken from a key chapter in the book? :)— Anonymous
Yes. First give. Most readers start at the beginning not in the middle or at a key chapter.
In researching agents + agencies, hands-down I read, "dystopians are dead." Fantasy + sci-fi gasping for breath. (And so forth). So, when I look at the websites that show what Agents are looking at & requesting? YA Fantasy, dystopias, and so forth. It's very confusing.— Anonymous
Ah, a lot of those websites are updated and maintained by other people and as a result, they’re usually a little behind the curve.
I don’t think Fantasy is gasping for breath if it’s good.
So a while back, you guys said that it was good to have an internet presence, and that you sometimes would check up on the authors online before you made a deal. My name isn't common, but there's one other person with my name who has all the usernames with my name and I'm concerned that that an agent might mistake them for me, as they come up first with a google search. I am worried about this because they don't have (to put it nicely) the most classy photograph, posts, ect. Any words on this?— Anonymous
Include your social media links in the query (at the bottom, in your signature). Don’t worry, no one will hold that crazy person against you :)
Is 40,000 too small a word count for literary MG (non-fantasy/sci-fi) ?— Anonymous
Is there a way I can send a plot for a book to a literary agent and it could somehow be given to an author to write? This may sound silly but I don't have the right words for the story Just a plot.— Anonymous
Are you famous?
If not, then the answer is no. If you are famous, then your people can get in touch with my people.
You could start your own packaging company (like alloy), but unfortunately, ideas are the easy part.
Hi! I am developing a query for a fantasy novel. I co-wrote this novel with my sister. Where in a normal query letter I would use the pronoun "I" should I change it to "we" and sign it from both of us? Or should I sign it from one of us and mention it was co-written? Thank you!!— Anonymous
Since most of the query is about the book, this should matter too much. If the email is just from you, you can say “I” and mention it’s co-written with your sister. Or you can say we and say it’s from both of you. Make sure both your email addresses are on the query though (cc her if you’re sending and vice versa).
After being turned down for a project is it okay to query another to the same agency? Is there a protocol gap of time between queries or does it not matter as long as you don't do them at once?— Anonymous
It depends on the agency. Some share queries. Others don’t. Look at the agency submission guidelines. If it doesn’t say, go for it.