Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 8/07/14 With Sara Megibow, Agent

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:00:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:00:46 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:00:59 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Aug 07 01:01:10 +0000 2014)
TimBarzyk: RT @sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:01:16 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:01:23 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 8/13 @PatrickSwenson 8/20 @BrentWeeks 8/27 Jay Lake Memorial 9/03 @BethCato #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:01:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Tonight�s guest @SaraMegibow is a Literary Agent at Nelson Literary Agencyhttp://t.co/55fsOtplZN #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:01:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Sara has a B.A. in Women�s Studies and a B.A. in American History from Northwestern University. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:01:55 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: RT @SaraMegibow: 12 minutes until #sffwrtcht – join us! *scampers off to get glass of wine* @sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:02:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: From sexy romance to epic fantasy, Sara has loved reading since picking up her first copy of The Hobbit. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:02:06 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: RT @BryanThomasS: Okay all. Come next week to ask @SaraMegibow your questions about an agent’s life, approach, work, etc. at 9 pm ET live … (Thu Aug 07 01:02:34 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Her particular specialty as an agent is crafting long-term strategy for debut genre authors. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:02:36 +0000 2014)
BethCato: RT @sffwrtcht: Future Guests 8/13 @PatrickSwenson 8/20 @BrentWeeks 8/27 Jay Lake Memorial 9/03 @BethCato #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:02:52 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: As our first agent guest, please keep in mind, @saramegibow is here to answer questns abt business, writing, genre & agenting #sffwrtcht 1/2 (Thu Aug 07 01:03:02 +0000 2014)
KAdamsBooks: @sffwrtcht Is it ever acceptable to send a query for an ms that’s still in progress? 50% completion? Thanks for hosting! (Thu Aug 07 01:03:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She is not here to take pitches, etc. #sffwrtcht Please be respectful. 2/2 (Thu Aug 07 01:03:13 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online on Twitter, http://t.co/9Jpd8euSix orhttp://t.co/X1plV5yeJ2 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:03:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow! Where�d your interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:03:42 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Hi! Thanks for having me here! I’m a natural 20 geek – grew up reading SF/F, stalking Renaissance Festivals and playing D&D. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:04:06 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Awesome, a tribe member @SaraMegibow Who were some of the other authors who most thrilled and inspired you growing up? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:04:50 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Robin McKinley – I devoured THE HERO AND THE CROWN and imprinted upon it. My dream = magic sword + brave horse. #true #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:05:17 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Also J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman and Wendy & Richard Pini. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:05:28 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow Were you a regular at Cons growing up? How did you participate in fandom? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:06:05 +0000 2014)

chippermuse: Oh I LOVE Wendy and Richard Pini! It’s so nice to hear them get a shoutout tonight on #sffwrtcht! @SaraMegibow (Thu Aug 07 01:06:36 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Fandom for me was reading and attending Ren Fest. My first con was MileHiCon in Denver and then SDCC in 2013 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:06:59 +0000 2014)
jloverly: RT @SaraMegibow: Robin McKinley – I devoured THE HERO AND THE CROWN and imprinted upon it. My dream = magic sword + brave horse. #true #sf… (Thu Aug 07 01:07:00 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow You pursued women�s studies and American history in college, how�d you wind up in publishing? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:07:09 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: I was a corporate trainer at GE laid off in dot com bust. Answered an ad for slush pile reader at NLA and loved it immediately. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:07:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow Interesting. What training or qualifications got you that job? Sheer love of genre? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:08:30 +0000 2014)
Saille: RT @SaraMegibow: I was a corporate trainer at GE laid off in dot com bust. Answered an ad for slush pile reader at NLA and loved it immedia… (Thu Aug 07 01:08:35 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Honestly? My qualifications at the time were that I could read faster than a bat out of hell. #true #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:09:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow LOL A handy talent to have. Wish I could. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:09:39 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow How did you learn to be an agent? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:09:54 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Excellent question! I try to be the kind of agent that I wish my husband’s band had. #true #sffwrtcht 1/3 (Thu Aug 07 01:10:30 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Music, like publishing, is unpredictable, thrilling, inspiring, hard. I chat frequently with clients to decrease stress. #sffwrtcht 2/3 (Thu Aug 07 01:10:38 +0000 2014)
TimBarzyk: RT @SaraMegibow: Honestly? My qualifications at the time were that I could read faster than a bat out of hell. #true #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:10:44 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Explaining processes and setting expectations lets clients focus on their writing. Strategy and communication beat chaos. #sffwrtcht 3/3 (Thu Aug 07 01:10:45 +0000 2014)
Saille: RT @SaraMegibow: Explaining processes and setting expectations lets clients focus on their writing. Strategy and communication beat chaos. … (Thu Aug 07 01:11:14 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow What particular areas were most challenging to learn?#sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:11:21 +0000 2014)
SMAEvans: RT @SaraMegibow: Music, like publishing, is unpredictable, thrilling, inspiring, hard. I chat frequently with clients to decrease stress. #… (Thu Aug 07 01:11:22 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @SaraMegibow welcome to #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:11:30 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: RT @SaraMegibow: Music, like publishing, is unpredictable, thrilling, inspiring, hard. I chat frequently with clients to decrease stress. #… (Thu Aug 07 01:11:57 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: HAhahahahahaha – you say “were” as if challenges are past tense. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:12:23 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Most challenging = combatting the “how come Author X went viral and I didn’t” fears. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:12:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow LOL well, the next question is What do you find most challenging now? #sffwrtcht Might have the same answer. (Thu Aug 07 01:12:48 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Yup. same answer. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:13:08 +0000 2014)
KatherinePisana: RT @SaraMegibow: Most challenging = combatting the “how come Author X went viral and I didn’t” fears. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:13:20 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow How do you set realistic expectations about that when so much luck is involved? #sffwrtcht #lotsofbooze (Thu Aug 07 01:14:01 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: We talk strategy. We talk distribution, format & subsidiary rights. Otherwise, we just focus on writing best book possible. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:14:54 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: #sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow Did you ever (still?) aspire to be a writer yourself? Or do you prefer to be the one who makes things happen? (Thu Aug 07 01:15:01 +0000 2014)
AnInspiredMind: RT @SaraMegibow: Explaining processes and setting expectations lets clients focus on their writing. Strategy and communication beat chaos. … (Thu Aug 07 01:15:17 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow So at some point I assume Kristen Nelson decided to let you try agenting. Or was it your idea? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:15:41 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: RT @SaraMegibow: We talk strategy. We talk distribution, format & subsidiary rights. Otherwise, we just focus on writing best book possible… (Thu Aug 07 01:16:00 +0000 2014)
TimBarzyk: RT @SaraMegibow: We talk strategy. We talk distribution, format & subsidiary rights. Otherwise, we just focus on writing best book possible… (Thu Aug 07 01:16:16 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @LeahPetersen great question! no – I don’t write at all, but I’m asked this frequently. I read like a mad woman though. #reads #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:16:20 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow thanks for being here! You say you look for books to sell, not edit. Do you offer editorial advice? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:16:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow This begs the question, how did you acquire the skills to help clients make their books ready for market? #sffwrtcht #craft (Thu Aug 07 01:17:23 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow thanks for being here! #sffwrtcht what’s the best piece of editing advice u can give to a writer before they query? (Thu Aug 07 01:17:32 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht Hmmmmm…agenting was *both* our ideas, but it’s a huge leap. We’re commission sales people (read: no salary) … #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:18:14 +0000 2014)
ilaibooks: RT @SaraMegibow: Tonight! 9pm EST I will join @sffwrtcht to chat about #agenting and #pubtip under hashtag #sffwrtcht Join Us! :) (Thu Aug 07 01:18:29 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht so, it’s more than just “am I good at this?” It’s also – “is my family comfortable with this level of risk?” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:18:38 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @SaraMegibow A musician for one parent and a commissioned sales person for another? What could go wrong? ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:19:16 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @B_Twon13 @sffwrtcht I do offer some editorial advice, but I am not an editorial agent. Great question! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:19:41 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @B_Twon13 @sffwrtcht for the record, though, there are AMAZING editorial agents out there – I’m just not one of them. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:20:02 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: @SaraMegibow I’d love to hear suggestions on how writers can find the best agent for their work? So many out there to query! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:20:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow How do agents decide whether to join an agency or work on their own? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:20:50 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht If I offer representation, I believe strongly we can get a book deal. That’s all the author needs to do is write. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:20:50 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht according to newsletter stats, you have GREAT sell rates for your clients. What do u attribute that to? (Thu Aug 07 01:21:10 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht HAHAHahahahahah *chokes* (Thu Aug 07 01:21:21 +0000 2014)
karen_akins: RT @SaraMegibow: Tonight! 9pm EST I will join @sffwrtcht to chat about #agenting and #pubtip under hashtag #sffwrtcht Join Us! :) (Thu Aug 07 01:22:07 +0000 2014)
Soonerdvm: @SaraMegibow #sffwrtcht Is there any giant red flag that will make you immediately turn down an aspiring writer? (Thu Aug 07 01:22:19 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow thanks for being here! #sffwrtcht how are u dealing with the changing landscape of publishing? What r ur thoughts? (Thu Aug 07 01:23:09 +0000 2014)
tiffanyreisz: @B_Twon13 Good taste! ;) @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:23:19 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @B_Twon13 @sffwrtcht Editing advice = write book, finish book, sit on it for a few weeks and then re-read book before querying #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:23:20 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @tiffanyreisz @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht damn right! (Thu Aug 07 01:23:53 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @chippermuse Great question! Perhaps read some of the books represented by an agent? that might give a sense of style? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:23:59 +0000 2014)
KatherinePisana: RT @SaraMegibow: @B_Twon13 @sffwrtcht Editing advice = write book, finish book, sit on it for a few weeks and then re-read book before quer… (Thu Aug 07 01:24:00 +0000 2014)
TimBarzyk: RT @SaraMegibow: @B_Twon13 @sffwrtcht Editing advice = write book, finish book, sit on it for a few weeks and then re-read book before quer… (Thu Aug 07 01:24:11 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @chippermuse Or, follow an agent on twitter to get a sense of personality? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:24:13 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow #sffwrtcht is the best part of agenting getting to read @tiffanyreisz books early? ;) (Thu Aug 07 01:24:41 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht I don’t know (although great question) – I can tell you what I did which was answer an ad for a job and go from there. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:24:49 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow How do you choose which genres to represent? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:24:57 +0000 2014)
tiffanyreisz: @B_Twon13 She doesn’t read them until they come out. @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow (Thu Aug 07 01:25:00 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: GREAT question (I wish more people asked this). I only represent genres of books that I voraciously read and authentically love. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:26:01 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:26:08 +0000 2014)
Nik_Vukoja: RT @SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em…. (Thu Aug 07 01:26:34 +0000 2014)
vscotttheauthor: RT @SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em…. (Thu Aug 07 01:26:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow And how do you find most clients — recruiting or queries? Recommendations? Luck? ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:26:50 +0000 2014)
TimBarzyk: #sffwrtcht Who would be the key people involved in the final shaping of the novel? Author, agent, editor, anyone else? (Thu Aug 07 01:27:19 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: RT @SaraMegibow: GREAT question (I wish more people asked this). I only represent genres of books that I voraciously read and authentically… (Thu Aug 07 01:27:26 +0000 2014)
KatherinePisana: RT @SaraMegibow: GREAT question (I wish more people asked this). I only represent genres of books that I voraciously read and authentically… (Thu Aug 07 01:27:40 +0000 2014)
talekyn: @SaraMegibow Do you rep works of all lengths within those genres, or onlyh novel-length work? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:28:00 +0000 2014)
smr0se: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow How important is it to begin a query with the hook? I find so many conflicting blogs out there. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:28:07 +0000 2014)
talekyn: RT @SaraMegibow: GREAT question (I wish more people asked this). I only represent genres of books that I voraciously read and authentically… (Thu Aug 07 01:28:07 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @Soonerdvm For me, I read query letter blind and all I’m looking at is quality of writing. So – write the best book possible. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:28:33 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Wow. We are rolling with questions for @SaraMegibow. Please hold on a bit so she can catch up #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:28:51 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @tiffanyreisz @B_Twon13 @sffwrtcht *high fives* ;) #fangirl (Thu Aug 07 01:28:58 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @tiffanyreisz @B_Twon13 @sffwrtcht that’s true – I usually wait until they are out. That’s my treat to myself. ;) (Thu Aug 07 01:29:27 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @bookstoregirl not that important. Only thing I look at is quality of writing. #true #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:29:46 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht 99% of my clients are from queries. NOT luck at all. The query process is a crazy one, but it works. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:30:16 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: @sffwrtcht #sigh Fine. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:30:20 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @SaraMegibow @tiffanyreisz @sffwrtcht that’s some real mental fortitude to not rip The King from tiffs computer and DEVOUR it!! :) (Thu Aug 07 01:30:40 +0000 2014)
KatherinePisana: RT @SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht 99% of my clients are from queries. NOT luck at all. The query process is a crazy one, but it works. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:30:52 +0000 2014)
MikeRUnderwood: RT @SaraMegibow: GREAT question (I wish more people asked this). I only represent genres of books that I voraciously read and authentically… (Thu Aug 07 01:31:07 +0000 2014)
MikeRUnderwood: RT @SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em…. (Thu Aug 07 01:31:08 +0000 2014)
tiffanyreisz: @B_Twon13 Yes, but she gets the best final print version, not the messy crappy typo-laden rough drafts. @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:31:14 +0000 2014)
ilaibooks: @SaraMegibow Other than those you rep, who are your favorite authors? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:31:27 +0000 2014)
ilaibooks: @LeahPetersen @sffwrtcht Whoops, was typing as you sent this… (Thu Aug 07 01:32:10 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @talekyn In looking to sign new clients I only look at novel-length. Once a client is signed, though, we look at all formats. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:32:21 +0000 2014)
katherinelbone: RT @SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht If I offer representation, I believe strongly we can get a book deal. That’s all the author needs to do is writ… (Thu Aug 07 01:32:23 +0000 2014)
BethCato: RT @SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht 99% of my clients are from queries. NOT luck at all. The query process is a crazy one, but it works. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:32:27 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow Let’s talk contracts. Agents are not lawyers. So do you consult with them in writing/negotiating? #sffwrtcht Resume questions (Thu Aug 07 01:32:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @ilaibooks @LeahPetersen tsk tsk #sffwrtcht ;) (Thu Aug 07 01:32:45 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @smr0se For me? the only thing important in the query is quality of writing + unique concept. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:32:50 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @smr0se and book must be 100% complete and in a genre of work I represent. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:33:06 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @LeahPetersen @sffwrtcht *waves* ;) (Thu Aug 07 01:33:31 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: @LeahPetersen @sffwrtcht Hahaha! I know, Leah. We’re all excited. This is fun! (Thu Aug 07 01:33:52 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht :D (Thu Aug 07 01:34:01 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @ilaibooks Malinda Lo, John Scalzi, Django Wexler, Elizabeth Bear, Naomi Novik, Scott Lynch, Sarah Beth Durst, Leah Bobet #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:34:26 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @SaraMegibow @LeahPetersen is a regular. She knows the drill. Also author of a fantastic #YA #scifi trilogy #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:34:29 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht 140 character answer = yes, we have lawyers on staff. However, our agency boilerplate is always lawyer-level quality. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:35:00 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow How difficult was it to learn to read and UNDERSTAND contracts? LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:35:34 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @smr0se @sffwrtcht ps. another hint on queries = conflicting info is because no two agents are the same. :( #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:35:42 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow What do you think are the key elements of the author-agent relationship? I.e. what should we expect? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:36:23 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht Hmmmm…complicated and potentially difficult to portray in 140 characters 1/2 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:36:48 +0000 2014)
Saille: #sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow Can you tell us more about what you like/are looking for in MG? (Thu Aug 07 01:36:49 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht I go in to contract negotiation assuming the relationship will be AWESOME! makes contracts a lot easier to understand #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:37:28 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @Saille in MG, the rote answer is “great writing + unique concept.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:38:28 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @Saille THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY by @JaleighJohnson is a HUGE fantasy MG success this year. Do this. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:38:49 +0000 2014)
muliebris: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht Is there any real way to tell if the problem is your query/writing or agents just aren�t connecting? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:39:05 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow Do you encourage clients to write series? Or does it depend on genre or who it is? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:39:18 +0000 2014)
KAdamsBooks: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow What’s on your #MSWL right now? Thanks so much for hosting!!! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:39:24 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: @sffwrtcht Oh @SaraMegibow and I have tweeted each other before and she’s rejected me TWICE so I consider us old friends. ;) (Thu Aug 07 01:39:55 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht each author/agent relationship is different. What to expect = constant change & no ability to predict. *cheers* #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:39:58 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: RT @SaraMegibow: @Saille THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY by @JaleighJohnson is a HUGE fantasy MG success this year. Do this. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:40:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow Well, I was thinking in terms of what an agent will be involved with and do and not? #sffwrtcht Maybe it’s still too individl (Thu Aug 07 01:40:51 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @muliebris If you send out 100 queries and get no requests for sample pages, perhaps problem is in the writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:40:52 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @muliebris but, that’s a harsh and generic answer that’s probably not well answered on twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:41:12 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @muliebris If you have some requests, but no offers – perhaps it’s a “try again” situation? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:41:36 +0000 2014)
muliebris: @SaraMegibow It�s a good metric. I�m being paranoid in advance. Thanks! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:41:57 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht I encourage my clients to listen to their muse – I don’t tell them what to write. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:42:16 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht We do talk strategy (a lot) and strategy might mean a series. But, that’s different for each author. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:42:39 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @SaraMegibow I guess that’s like friendships — no two are alike! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:43:39 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: ,@SaraMegibow Have you ever regretted passing on a client/project? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:43:45 +0000 2014)
ilaibooks: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht Mentors tell me everyone wants a series. Is a series easier for you to sell? (Thu Aug 07 01:43:49 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht here’s a great interview abt that!http://t.co/iYC2qqgMCn (Thu Aug 07 01:43:50 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @KAdamsBooks My #MSWL includes anything well-written and in my genre by debut authors. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:43:54 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @KAdamsBooks Too broad? Well – I’d love to rep anything with more #Diversity – #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:44:24 +0000 2014)
tiffanyreisz: RT @SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em…. (Thu Aug 07 01:44:39 +0000 2014)
katherinelbone: RT @SaraMegibow: Music, like publishing, is unpredictable, thrilling, inspiring, hard. I chat frequently with clients to decrease stress. #… (Thu Aug 07 01:44:42 +0000 2014)
stefwass: RT @SaraMegibow: @Saille in MG, the rote answer is “great writing + unique concept.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:44:42 +0000 2014)
Dannie_Morin: RT @SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em…. (Thu Aug 07 01:45:04 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @KAdamsBooks ask me again at the end, though – I have a better answer if I cobble one together. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:45:17 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht Nope. All I focus on is helping the clients I DO pick ahem the careers that they want. #true #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:46:18 +0000 2014)
WaysideWriter: RT @SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em…. (Thu Aug 07 01:46:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow You do talk a lot about debut authors. Do you take established clients as well? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:46:40 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: Just not @WorstMuse ;) RT @SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht I encourage my clients to listen to their muse #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:47:08 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht ask me again at the end and I’ll list the things *I* do (can’t speak to what all agents do, but I know what I do). #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:47:15 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow How do you decide which editors/houses to go out to with manuscripts/proposals? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:47:35 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @SaraMegibow LOL We are almost at the end, btw #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:47:51 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @ilaibooks For me, for debut genre authors, series are harder to sell. But, that’s VERY different per author/ agent/ book. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:48:37 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht holy wow. time flies. ;) (Thu Aug 07 01:49:03 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow #sffwrtcht NLA has a groundbreaking Digital Liaison Platform. Someof ur clients use it. Do u like that hybrid model? (Thu Aug 07 01:49:18 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: @sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow It’s been a fast but enlightening hour of chat. Woohoo, #sffwrtcht. :D (Thu Aug 07 01:49:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow I know. It’s a whirlwind. We can stay as long as you want but we’ve almost filled an hour LOL #sffwrtcht #hasproofsduetonight (Thu Aug 07 01:49:43 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht My sweet spot is debut genre authors for long-term profitable careers. That’s my forte. #debut #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:49:48 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @chippermuse @sffwrtcht awwww, thanks! :) (Thu Aug 07 01:50:36 +0000 2014)
Saille: #sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow Do you prefer a personal, “why I’m querying YOU” opening, or do you skip over those? (Thu Aug 07 01:50:44 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow What�s the best and worst writing advice you�ve ever heard? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:51:32 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @Saille To me, it doesn’t matter. Only thing I really read in the query letter is the pitch. Looking for quality writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:51:35 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @SaraMegibow Even though you’re an agent, I would love it if you would tell us the best and worst writing advice you’ve heard. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:51:42 +0000 2014)
BryanThomasS: @Wyld_Dandelyon @SaraMegibow LOL I’ve got it covered. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:52:06 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht I know the editors personally, I know the contracts, I know the pros/cons of each house = decision. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:52:21 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow What are the things you do and don’t do for clients? #sffwrtcht(Thu Aug 07 01:52:57 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Best writing advice EVER was @DelilahSDawson “Art Hard” post on @ChuckWendig blog: http://t.co/GRk7VXdPix #sffwrtcht #ArtHard (Thu Aug 07 01:52:59 +0000 2014)
CynthiaEHansen: RT @SaraMegibow: My genres are (only) science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance and erotica…cuz I love ‘em…. (Thu Aug 07 01:53:29 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: Worst writing advice would be anything that sounds like “write for kids – that should be easier.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:53:35 +0000 2014)
ixtumea: RT @SaraMegibow: Worst writing advice would be anything that sounds like “write for kids – that should be easier.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:53:43 +0000 2014)
ElizabethJPoole: RT @SaraMegibow: Best writing advice EVER was @DelilahSDawson “Art Hard” post on @ChuckWendig blog: http://t.co/GRk7VXdPix #sffwrtcht #Ar… (Thu Aug 07 01:53:51 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: What I do for clients (general) = submissions, subsidiary rights, contract negotiation, strategy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:54:18 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: @BryanThomasS Best/worst advice is my fave question. Nearly asked it at GlitchCon, but we ran out of time in fantasy panel! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:54:31 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: RT @SaraMegibow: Best writing advice EVER was @DelilahSDawson “Art Hard” post on @ChuckWendig blog: http://t.co/GRk7VXdPix #sffwrtcht #Ar… (Thu Aug 07 01:54:32 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow What’s your take on hybrid careers in the present publishing climate? Selfpub and traditional or choose? #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:55:00 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: RT @SaraMegibow: Worst writing advice would be anything that sounds like “write for kids – that should be easier.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:55:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .SaraMegibow Last question is what projects are coming up from clients you’d like to bring to your attention? #sellus #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:55:32 +0000 2014)
TheresaMarieP: RT @SaraMegibow: Worst writing advice would be anything that sounds like “write for kids – that should be easier.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:55:45 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow Last question is what projects are coming up from clients you’d like to bring to our attention? #sellus #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:56:03 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht Each author chooses for her/himself. I don’t rep self published authors, so I don’t see that side as much. #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:56:18 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht All great choices though with pros and cons on all side. Yee HAW! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:56:32 +0000 2014)
Saille: RT @SaraMegibow: Worst writing advice would be anything that sounds like “write for kids – that should be easier.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:56:51 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: RADIANT by @ksumnersmith debuts in Sept. – a futuristic fantasy already named Top Fantasy of 2014 by PW. #sffwrtcht 1/4 (Thu Aug 07 01:56:54 +0000 2014)
Saille: RT @SaraMegibow: Best writing advice EVER was @DelilahSDawson “Art Hard” post on @ChuckWendig blog: http://t.co/GRk7VXdPix #sffwrtcht #Ar… (Thu Aug 07 01:57:00 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: THE DAEDALUS INCIDENT by @mikemartinez72 continues to rock – a brilliant SF mashup. So proud of this one for genre-bending. #sffwrtcht 2/4 (Thu Aug 07 01:57:00 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: LIESMITH by @lokabrenna (debut author) is non-white, queer urban fantasy FTW! #WeNeedDiverseBooks is so important! #sffwrtcht 3/4 (Thu Aug 07 01:57:06 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: YOUNGER GODS by @MikeRUnderwood is a brand new project by the amazing author of GEEKOMANCY (roll to hit awesome) #sffwrtcht 4/4 (Thu Aug 07 01:57:13 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Folks, we have run out of time. Thanks for all the great questions. If @SaraMegibow didn’t get to your question, please retweet #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:57:19 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Please `Like� our Facebook group: http://t.co/tFOTDqY6 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:57:39 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Future Guests 8/13 @PatrickSwenson 8/20 @BrentWeeks 8/27 Jay Lake Memorial 9/03 @BethCato #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:58:03 +0000 2014)
B_Twon13: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht what if a client if yours wants to utilize NLAs DLP? Do you encourage that, or is it case by case? (Thu Aug 07 01:58:08 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht awwww, THANKS y’all! What fun! I’ll scroll through to see if I missed anything (likely) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:58:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Next week, editor and Fairwood Press publisher turned @TorBooks debut author @patrick_swenson joins us to talk #scifi #writing #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:58:39 +0000 2014)
smr0se: @SaraMegibow Thank you for your time at this week�s #sffwrtcht. The literary world is like another planet to me; I appreciate the roadmap. (Thu Aug 07 01:58:45 +0000 2014)
LeahPetersen: RT @SaraMegibow: LIESMITH by @lokabrenna (debut author) is non-white, queer urban fantasy FTW! #WeNeedDiverseBooks is so important! #sffwrt… (Thu Aug 07 01:59:03 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: Find @SaraMegibow online on Twitter, http://t.co/9Jpd8euSix orhttp://t.co/X1plV5yeJ2 #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:59:07 +0000 2014)
Soonerdvm: @SaraMegibow #sffwrtcht Thanks for chatting with us! (Thu Aug 07 01:59:11 +0000 2014)
Wyld_Dandelyon: @SaraMegibow Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:59:15 +0000 2014)
bookstoregirl: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht Thanks for all the insights! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:59:31 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: .@SaraMegibow Thanks for being a fan and supporter of #sffwrtcht and making time to chat. It’s fun to learn from you! Continued success! (Thu Aug 07 01:59:41 +0000 2014)
esc_key: RT @SaraMegibow: Worst writing advice would be anything that sounds like “write for kids – that should be easier.” #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 01:59:54 +0000 2014)
ilaibooks: RT @SaraMegibow: @ilaibooks For me, for debut genre authors, series are harder to sell. But, that’s VERY different per author/ agent/ book…. (Thu Aug 07 02:00:36 +0000 2014)
Saille: #sffwrtcht @SaraMegibow Thanks so much for your insights this evening! (Thu Aug 07 02:00:45 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht My pleasure – thank YOU for the invitation and wonderful questions and great moderating. :) (Thu Aug 07 02:01:01 +0000 2014)
chippermuse: @SaraMegibow @sffwrtcht Thanks, Sara! Lots of fun! And we ask a TON of questions, as you noticed. ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 02:01:11 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @SaraMegibow Our pleasure. Please keep popping in. We’ll have more of your clients in too. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 02:01:29 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website soon.http://t.co/XXOmFcxxwM Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 02:01:40 +0000 2014)
JWilck: RT @SaraMegibow: Best writing advice EVER was @DelilahSDawson “Art Hard” post on @ChuckWendig blog: http://t.co/GRk7VXdPix #sffwrtcht #Ar… (Thu Aug 07 02:02:38 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht awwww, you are so sweet – thanks! Will ponder and YES, will be in touch. :) (Thu Aug 07 02:02:50 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @SaraMegibow And best of luck to the husband’s band #musiciansunite #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 02:03:42 +0000 2014)
SaraMegibow: @sffwrtcht Thanks! Have I sent you this (fun) video of them?http://t.co/VRlnAcd3lY #musiciansunite (Thu Aug 07 02:05:08 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: @SaraMegibow You sent me one I’ll take a look. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Aug 07 02:05:36 +0000 2014)
sffwrtcht: See everyone next week for #sffwrtcht. Good night and thanks! (Thu Aug 07 02:05:51 +0000 2014)

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