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    Ask the Agent

    Discussion in 'Query & Cover Letter Critique' started by Tenderiser, Mar 29, 2016.

    I'm going to interview my agent for my blog, mostly because I'm struggling for blog ideas. :p

    I want it to be as useful as possible for aspiring authors. So, if you could ask an agent anything, what would it be?
     
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    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Supporter Contributor

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    What is the secret to making you love me?!
     
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    I think she's married, AMP, sorry :(
     
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    Oh, well that puts a wrench in my plans to woo her, make her marry me, and publish my book as a wifely favor.
     
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    I'll ask her
    1. What makes a query stand out and
    2. What makes her fall in love with a book

    How's that? :D
     
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    What makes you stop reading?
     
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    What's she tired of seeing?
    What would she love to see in a query?

    I'm struggling to think of original questions... :dead:
     
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    1. Where is the line between "nobody writes this, cool!" and "nobody reads this, I can't sell it"?
    2. How niche is too niche?
    3. Can you please explain exactly what "New Adult" is, what does and doesn't fall into this emerging category, and give some examples of common mistakes made by people who think they might be writing this new thing?
     
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    4. What are you suddenly seeing a lot of that hasn't filtered out into the market yet? Is there an emerging "next thing" that's going to become the new version of Vampire/Werewolf premises or Dystopian YA?
     
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    How do you feel about genres that are harder to classify?
    Sure it's fantasy/sci-fi/horror but it can't be pinned with commonly known subgenres (ie: historical sci-fi, epic fantasy)
     
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    What do people put in their queries that instantly turn you off?
     
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    No--that's how I started mine and she loved it.
     
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    I've sent the questions off and will let you all know when the interview is posted :)
     
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    Hey actually, maybe you could post your query here so we could see what you did right :D cause you landed an agent after all!
     
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    I'm planning to do that as part of the blog, with her comments on what was good or bad :D
     
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    I second all of these questions and I'll add one more:

    How would you want someone to approach you with a niche book? Do you want to hear that it's a good, unique, interesting story or do you want to hear about the market segment I think it fits in or what?
     
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    I've already sent the questions off but I think she'll cover those points in two of her answers :)
     
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    YES! I'll second that one. Good call, @peachalulu .

    We all get hammered with tricks to catch an agent's eye, etc. But that's only the first step. Once they start reading your MS, they'll make a judgement call at some point. Either to keep reading—and maybe offer you representation—or to quit and send a rejection notice. So ...what makes them quit?
     
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    How many query letters did you get last month?
     
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    Did you ever get your response from the agent?
     
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    Not yet. She's working hard selling my book. :D
     
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    Sorry for the long delay (though anyone querying needs to get used to long, long, looooooooooooooong waits...) but I've finally got the blog up!

    https://annakaling.com/2016/06/30/agent-qa-amanda-jain-of-inklings-literary-agency/

    Questions are included from:
    @A.M.P.
    @peachalulu
    @Mckk (note her manuscript wishlist is here so I didn't ask that)
    @Commandante Lemming
    @doggiedude

    I put her contact details in the post if you want to query her, but note she doesn't represent fantasy or sci-fi which counts most of this forum out. :D She's looking for historical, mystery, romance and women's fiction.

    My other agent (don't ask but I have two) DOES like both sci-fi and fantasy: http://inklingsliterary.com/Michelle_Johnson.html There are already a bunch of interviews with her on the web if you Google.
     
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    Great blog, @Tenderiser , thank you :)
     
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    Was a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing! :) :agreed:
     
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