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#1 apac


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 05:33 AM

HI - I would love opinions on this topic. I have a YA Sci-Fi novel I'm about to query. Should I query to agents who say they are looking for Sci-Fi (but make no mention of wanting YA)? Or is it better to pick agents who represent YA generally (but make no mention of a special love for Sci-Fi)? At several agencies I am looking at there is no agent who specifically calls out "YA Sci-Fi". There are several YA agents and typically one who says they rep sci-fi. 


Would love some opinions, Thanks!


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 08:53 AM

Personally, I would focus on the YA aspect.  Usually agents who state they represent spec. fic. (scifi and fantasy) specifically mean ADULT spec. fic. (unless they  include YA and/or NA in their info.)


Most agents who rep. YA will rep. all varieties of YA -- the exceptions will usually say so. They will state "YA Contemporary" or will say something like "no scifi, fantasy, or paranormal."


You can also look at who they currently rep. to get an idea.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:35 AM

Thank you for your reply LucidDreamer! That's exactly what I was thinking....wanted that second opinion!  Best, apac 

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 06:20 PM

I had a top Sci-Fi agent reply to my submission with a phone call. She loved the book, "But this isn't sci-fi, it's YA."


She passed on the book, which broke my heart, but in the long run ... the VERY long run ... she was doing me a favor.


Take that story for what it's worth.

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