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Title: Chap Book Query
Post by: ethan-james-2 on March 25, 2017, 07:15 AM
Hey everyone, when querying an agent for a chapter book series, do you pitch just the first book in the series (which is totally finished), or do you pitch the ongoing series (which is not finished)? A combination of the two?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Chap Book Query
Post by: lauriew on March 26, 2017, 05:43 AM
I don't have an answer to your question, but I have a terminology comment. Poets call a collection of poems a "chap book." To avoid confusion, you might not want to use that term in our kidlit context. Good luck with querying.
Title: Re: Chap Book Query
Post by: carrots on March 26, 2017, 06:57 AM
The general thinking is to *not* mention series potential when querying.

This post from the "Editorial Anonymous" blog explains it:

http://editorialanonymous.blogspot.com/2009/08/series-potential-seriously.html

(The comments beneath it are helpful, too.)

Best, best wishes, Ethan!!

 ::-)

Title: Re: Chap Book Query
Post by: June Smalls on March 26, 2017, 08:24 AM
I've submitted chapter book queries saying things along the lines of; Complete at X,XXX words this is the first in a potential series.
This lets them know the option is there without forcing it or using up precious word space in your query.
Title: Re: Chap Book Query
Post by: ethan-james-2 on April 01, 2017, 08:07 AM
Thank you so much for the advice, everybody! Laurie, I'll avoid that from now on. Carrots, thank you for the link--that conversation gets really heated in the comment section! And June, thank you for the personal insight on the topic--I think that's what I'm going to do when the time comes. It seems like relevant info to include. A 5-10K book would be hard to sell alone, right??
Thanks again!
Ethan
Title: Re: Chap Book Query
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 02, 2017, 07:11 PM
Chapter book is the correct kidlit term. It implies a book for readers who are new to chapters (ages 5-7 or so). Chapbook is a correct term for a book of poems. No one in the publishing industry will confuse the two. Your query should show you know what your book is, so call it a chapter book. Good luck.

And yes, saying it has series potential is fine, especially in chapter books because they are most often published as series. Stand alones are far harder to sell.