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    'Twas but a dream of thee El Jefe MacAllister's Avatar
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    Ask Kathleen Ortiz! Ask the Agent Summer Spree!

    Please join me in offering a great big Absolute Write welcome to Agent Kathleen Ortiz, who has graciously agreed to drop in and answer your questions for a Summer Spree of Agent information!

    Kathleen is an agent with Lowenstein Associates, who've helpfully posted a bio from which to cut-n-paste:
    Kathleen is currently Associate Agent and Foreign Rights Manager at Lowenstein Associates. She is seeking children's books (chapter, middle grade, and young adult) and young adult non-fiction. While Kathleen enjoys everything from light-hearted and humorous to dark and edgy, she'd love to find an amazing romance from a male point of view or a steampunk with fantastic world building.

    Lowenstein Associates believes with the continued demand for online marketing in publishing, a strong online platform is essential for today's authors. Kathleen uses her background in interactive media design to assist Lowenstein Associatesí clients with branding themselves.
    You can follow Kathleen's blog, Neverending Page Turner
    And you can find her on Twitter as @KOrtizzle

    Thank you so very much, Kathleen! And with that, we'll open the floodgates for everyone's questions.

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    I don't have a question yet, but just wanted to say welcome to the best ninja agent evah.

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    Book Reviewer y'all PoppysInARow's Avatar
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    I've got a question! Or several! Oh! So excited! Pick me!

    This may have been answered in your blog, in which case I am sorry for the repeat.

    Is there something in a full that will cause an auto-reject for you? About how long into a request do you need to read to find if it's not right for you?


    EDIT: Also, so excited to hear you're interested in steampunk fantasy. I'm currently working on a romance in a steampunk/fantasy world with a male MC. Can't wait to query you!
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    I always request to see a partial first. If I choose to read a full, then several things can cause me to reject such as voice, pacing, the plot falls apart, etc.

    Something I've been seeing a lot of recently are fabulous opening chapters (typically the first 3 or first 30 pages) and then after I request the full, it feels as though someone else wrote it. I have a hunch this is typically from those writers who enter and win partial critiques. If this is the case, you must apply the revisions to the entire manuscript - not just the first section that was critiqued.

    Can't wait to see the steampunk query!

    ~K

    Quote Originally Posted by PoppysInARow View Post
    I've got a question! Or several! Oh! So excited! Pick me!

    This may have been answered in your blog, in which case I am sorry for the repeat.

    Is there something in a full that will cause an auto-reject for you? About how long into a request do you need to read to find if it's not right for you?


    EDIT: Also, so excited to hear you're interested in steampunk fantasy. I'm currently working on a romance in a steampunk/fantasy world with a male MC. Can't wait to query you!
    Kathleen Ortiz
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    procrastinating, clearly Sandy Shin's Avatar
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    Thank you so much for doing this! I've learned so much from following your Twitter and blog.

    Mine is a rather specific question that I hope is all right: I have a YA manuscript set in a future earth with post-apocalyptic/dystopian society. However, there are also magic and fantastical elements. Should I classify this as YA Dystopian or just plain YA Fantasy in queries?

    Thank you!
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    The trick is to see if your manuscript answers two main questions:

    1. Does it really take place in a dystopian society? (Don't know? Check out this FABULOUS post I found on Presenting Lenore's Blog.

    2. Does the world itself affect the plot.


    If not, then you can just classify it as straight fantasy. I find that it's easiest to classify your works when you're well read in several genres. The more dystopian, fantasies, paranormals, etc you read, the easier it will be for you to classify your own work.

    ~K



    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Shin View Post
    Thank you so much for doing this! I've learned so much from following your Twitter and blog.

    Mine is a rather specific question that I hope is all right: I have a YA manuscript set in a future earth with post-apocalyptic/dystopian society. However, there are also magic and fantastical elements. Should I classify this as YA Dystopian or just plain YA Fantasy in queries?

    Thank you!
    Kathleen Ortiz
    Agent / Foreign Rights Manager at Lowenstein Associates
    I blog and hold a lot of contests
    I Tweet

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    Quote Originally Posted by KOrtizzle View Post
    The trick is to see if your manuscript answers two main questions:

    1. Does it really take place in a dystopian society? (Don't know? Check out this FABULOUS post I found on Presenting Lenore's Blog.

    2. Does the world itself affect the plot.


    If not, then you can just classify it as straight fantasy. I find that it's easiest to classify your works when you're well read in several genres. The more dystopian, fantasies, paranormals, etc you read, the easier it will be for you to classify your own work.

    ~K
    Thank you so much for your answer! It is very much helpful!
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    ::Waves:: Hi KO! Welcome.
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    ::waves back at one of the members of the KOrtizzle army::

    Quote Originally Posted by dawn miller View Post
    ::Waves:: Hi KO! Welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KOrtizzle View Post
    ::waves back at one of the members of the KOrtizzle army::
    have you noticed your avi has crosshairs on it? Just saying...
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    Yea. It doesn't show on Twitter, but it still annoys me here...:sigh: Rar rar.

    Quote Originally Posted by dawn miller View Post
    have you noticed your avi has crosshairs on it? Just saying...
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    MG or YA

    *waving* Thank you so much for the thread!!

    My question: I'm writing a YA (I think) with a 15 year old MC. I'm intending it to be YA with some romance (although it's pretty tame) and it's set at wartime so the kid has to deal with a lot. But I've noticed lots of MG novels with a 15 or 16 year old main character. How do you know where the line is? I feel like I need to write intentionally for a particular age group and it makes me nervous to straddle the line.

    Thank you!
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    The tween age is definitely difficult to target; however it comes down to the age and the situation of the character.

    For instance, you can have a "young" young adult book, but if it's about high school kids gearing up for prom, then a sixth/seventh grader won't be able to relate to it. They might know what prom is but I doubt most will grasp the significance of what gears up to be a pretty important night for most high school kids (I say most because I was one of those few who went but didn't really care too much either way).

    So focus on the overall plot - is it a topic/situation a MG reader will be able to grasp?

    ~K

    Quote Originally Posted by rebobinar View Post
    *waving* Thank you so much for the thread!!

    My question: I'm writing a YA (I think) with a 15 year old MC. I'm intending it to be YA with some romance (although it's pretty tame) and it's set at wartime so the kid has to deal with a lot. But I've noticed lots of MG novels with a 15 or 16 year old main character. How do you know where the line is? I feel like I need to write intentionally for a particular age group and it makes me nervous to straddle the line.

    Thank you!
    Robin
    Kathleen Ortiz
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    Welcome! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.


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    Thank you so much for joining us!!!

    Question that has been hounding me: I know that when partials and fulls are sent out they're expected to be extremely clean/free of errors. However, how clean do agents expect partials and fulls to be exactly? Obviously major grammar mistakes would make a MS a no-go, but what about little things like comma errors? Just curious! Thank you so much!!!
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    I personally don't look at the little details when considering an MS for representation. I can't speak for all agents, but I'm fairly certain there isn't an agent who has received an MS free of errors.

    Just make sure it's as polished as possible - this is where the rule of thumb of "sticking the MS in a drawer, forgetting about it, and coming back a few weeks/months later" comes in handy. You'll be surprised how many things you find in the later review that you didn't catch the first few times.

    ~K

    Quote Originally Posted by kaitiepaige17 View Post
    Thank you so much for joining us!!!

    Question that has been hounding me: I know that when partials and fulls are sent out they're expected to be extremely clean/free of errors. However, how clean do agents expect partials and fulls to be exactly? Obviously major grammar mistakes would make a MS a no-go, but what about little things like comma errors? Just curious! Thank you so much!!!
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    Oh, yay! Welcome. I'm sure I'll be back with loads of questions.

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    ::waves:: Hello all! Thanks for the warm welcome and quick jump to action with starting the round of questions I'm going to let the thread sit for a few days before I start answering questions, because I have a couple client and office items to attend to; however, be assured that once Sunday hits, I'll be back to answer them. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter or my Blog (see my signature).

    Looking forward to a great Summer Spree of questions and answers!

    ~K
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady Lane View Post
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    I don't have a question, but I'll be reading this thread. Thank you for your time Kathleen--It's very generous of you

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