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“What About Adult Fiction?” Ask Agent: Renee

Sometimes, I feel lost in the content deluge of Twitter. There are so many wonderful, knowledgeable people to follow! And learn from! But if you follow more than 25 people, the constant chatter can be overwhelming. When Twitter is too much for me, I find myself on Tumblr. For me, it’s just a less noisy platform, so it feels weirdly more personal.

I guess this is a long way of saying, I don’t always respond to people on Twitter, but I almost always do if someone reaches out on Tumblr. (Also, Tumblr doesn’t limit me to 140 characters, so maybe that’s a factor, as I’m long-winded.)

Here’s an ask I received recently. It deals with why I don’t represent certain genres. This isn’t true for all agents. And it’s not even true for all agents at KT Literary. But it’s true for me.


anonymous asked: “Are you interested in seeing queries for commercial adult fiction?”

No. And here’s why:

I love adult fiction. It’s fun to read and when it sells well. It sells very well. So this has nothing to do with my personal taste or interest in the genre. I don’t have relationships at publishing houses with editors who are acquiring commercial adult fiction.

So much of what an agent does is based on relationships. Sure, I can cold-call editors and submit to them–some might even give the manuscript a fair read–but without any proven track record, it makes it a little harder to help your manuscript stand out from the crowd.

I focus on YA and MG because that’s where I have relationships with editors. I’ve met them, chatted with them, and submitted to them. That’s where the most fruitful professional relationships start. Not typically with a cold-call.
If you want to submit a question to Renee, feel free to do so on her tumblr account. Or, follow her on Twitter.