Know a Literary Agent or Publisher I could run a question by briefly?
July 31, 2020 9:30 AM   Subscribe

Friends, does anyone know a Literary Agent and/or Book Publisher (ideally focused on "literary" writings, tho not necessary) I could run a question by briefly? Not to solicit anything; just to clarify something beyond my purview.

Friends - Does anyone know a Literary Agent and/or Book Publisher (ideally focused on "literary" writings, though not necessary) I could run a question by briefly? Not to solicit anything; just to clarify something beyond my purview.

The question is rather timely and important personally. Haven't been able to find a clear answer online. An agent or publisher likely would be able to shed light on it straightway.

Can AskMeFi be used for this? Hope so. No connections in the publishing world, and Facebook and writer group queries have lead to confusion and dead ends so far. Simply a matter of speaking or writing briefly with one or two people in-the-know.
posted by cotesdurhone to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
You might as well ask the question right here. This is what AskMeFi is for.
posted by ShooBoo at 9:39 AM on July 31 [3 favorites]


Hi ShooBoo - Want to refrain from asking the question here for a number of reasons. (1) It would give away too much personal information. (2) I've gotten pretty inconclusive answers so far via other resources, and it seems necessary to communicate with someone in the field directly.
posted by cotesdurhone at 9:43 AM on July 31


Twitter is flooded with people in these roles, and many actively engage with people who tweet questions to them.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:17 AM on July 31


You can always ask the agents on Twitter. My agent is on there, @JimMcCarthy528. There's also @beth_phelan, @AgentThao, @literaticat, and if you through their follows, you will find more.

An editor is unlikely to give you time off the cuff, but an agent may. You may have better luck asking agented authors with a couple of books under their belts.
posted by headspace at 10:29 AM on July 31


And @ericsmithrocks just opened his DMs today for any publishing questions people might have. Try him!
posted by headspace at 11:55 AM on July 31


Depending how time-sensitive it is, Janet Reid does a ton of author Q&A on her blog and provides an email address to ask her through.
posted by gideonfrog at 1:51 PM on July 31


I’m sure some agents will be happy to answer a brief note with a single question about agenting/publishing. If you go into a lot of personal stuff, honestly I doubt they’ll take the time. But worth a try. Just go to the site where you usually look for agents. That said, there may not be one conclusive opinion on this, even among professionals.
posted by mermaidcafe at 10:56 PM on July 31


Thanks @headspace ! I was able to chat with @ericsmithrocks on Twitter via DM, and, as anticipated, given his experience he was able to knowingly answer the question immediately

And thanks everyone else
posted by cotesdurhone at 6:28 PM on August 1 [1 favorite]


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