08 3 / 2014
Anonymous asked: You mention wanting Tamora Pierce and Neil Gaiman esque clients on your website, but do you have fantasy clients??
Yes! Matthew Cody is writing fantastic fantasy novels — the third book in his Supers of Noble Green series, VILLAINOUS, comes out this fall, and his next trilogy takes place in an even more fantastic land. Ellen Booraem, author of THE UNNAMEABLES, SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS, and TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD, also writes what I consider fantasy, or magical realism. Tom Sniegoski’s FALLEN series, about nephilim and the end of the world, was also fantasy.
Unless you mean high fantasy? I’m not too keen on a novel that reads like a version of a D&D campaign, but as with all genre distinctions, if the writing is strong enough, I’m happy to take a look.
08 3 / 2014
Anonymous asked: My plot isn't about race/culture, but my main character is a POC. Should I mention that my story features a diverse cast in my query letter, or not mention it since the story is not about that? Thanks!
While the story, as you say, may not be about diversity, there are a number of agents and editors desperately seeking diverse novels to represent and publish, and I think you’d do yourself a disservice not to speak to that desire in your query letter. Use every advantage you can to get someone to say YES to you!
07 3 / 2014
Anonymous asked: Many agents say they hate manuscripts opening with the main character waking up, and I understand why. However, it has been done (Hunger Games, for example). Under what circumstances would an agent be likely to overlook a waking-up opening?
When the writing is spectacular. And honestly, in that case, we’re willing to overlook a lot of things. Look, as you mention in your question, even some of the bestselling books in the world would match items on an agent’s pet peeves list. The trick, if you’re using a well-worn trope, is to make your take on it unique, and tell us something different that we haven’t seen a million times before.