Anonymous said: Recently I've come across an author whose work reaches the same audience I'm aiming for, but I'm not sure who her agent is. Do you know of a way to find a published authors agent?
Read the acknowlegements in the back of the book or subscribe to Publisher’s Marketplace.
Anonymous said: I am a male writing a contemporary young adult novel in first person as a 16 year old female. I know The Faults in our stars is that way but the author is already established as a writer. Will most agents automatically reject a new male author writing as a female? Would it be better to sign the query with my initials and let the cat out of the bag if it gets beyond the query stage?
It doesn’t matter what junk is in your trunk. It matters that the book is good.
Anonymous said: When an agent requests your manuscript how long should you give them to read before following up?
Three months unless the submission guidelines state otherwise.
nowheretomove said: What advice do you have for young people interested in a career as a literary agent? Is there anything you wish you'd known when you started?
Marry well or live with your parents. It takes a long time to actually make a living. Try to go to college in New York City. There are plenty of instances for paid internships. It is one of the last careers on the planet that can still be obtained via apprenticeship.
Anonymous said: If a YA takes place in the 1990s, and there aren't any sci-fi/fantasy/mystery or otherwise "genre" elements, would it still be considered "contemporary"? Also, would it need a literary/ commercial tag?
That all depends on the writing.