Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ask the Agent

Yes, folks. A literary agent at a major agency has agreed to an interview. So I will be posting that some time later this week. But I need your help.

Leave a comment below with a question you've always wanted to know about agents and agenting. I'll include as many as possible. Be sure to read the other comments before adding yours so we don't get duplicates.

So, what is that gnawing question you've always wanted to know? Now's your chance to get it answered.


  1. Hi, Cornell, One question I have recently wondered about is this: Are agents requesting as many fulls and partials as they once were, with the higher number of epubs that are out there today?

    Thanks for this opportunity. Looking forward to reading the responses.

  2. Oh, and I had another one. I read several comments on Twitter recently that the dark days of YA are coming to an end. IOW, there will be a trend toward more positive, lighter reading in that genre. Is this true?

    Again, thanks so much.

  3. Oh, yes, I would like to know the answer to Melody's last question. If so, that might be good news for my book-in-progress. :)

    What I would like to ask is, what are the things agents do for authors that the authors never realise? In other words, what goes on in the office that stays in the office?

  4. Hello, I'd like to ask the agent What makes a query letter stand out? When they say as a response that 'this is not what we are looking for right now', how would we even know what you are looking for when said manuscript is within the guidelines you provided?

  5. I know some agents tell you to submit in the body of the e-mail.
    But what should one do about spacing? If you paste a word document that was double spaced, it will revert to single space.
    Thank you.

  6. At what point in a writer's career does s/he need to get an agent?

  7. When it comes to taboo subjects (or what is now being termed "transgressive fiction"), how willing do you think agents are to take on these works that are difficulty sells?


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