The Return of Ask The Agent with Bree Ogden - Now Taking Your Questions!

Ask The Agent with Bree Ogden

She's back!

One of the most exciting and helpful features we offer in the LitReactor Magazine is our series of columns geared at answering reader questions. As you know, Erin Reel-- publishing and editorial consultant, writing coach, columnist and blog host-- led this feature with her masterly 'Ask The Lit Coach' series of columns. But recently, Erin decided to hand the reigns over to a new expert and Bree Ogden was her obvious recommendation!

Now, those of you familiar with our writing classes know Bree well. She taught our first ever comic class 'Intro To Graphic Novel Writing,' which sold out in its first run and recently had an encore. Bree represents graphic novels, children’s books, young adult, and art books at the D4EO Literary Agency. She has been a literary agent going on three years and has spent the last seven years in various departments of publishing. 

Here's a word from Bree on the type of questions she's looking for:

I'm happy to answer any questions about the publishing industry. But more specifically, I am happy to cater to people who have questions about researching and querying agents, finding the right agent, proper publishing etiquette, how to go from idea to completed manuscript, marketing yourself, social media for writers. Blah blah blah. I'm really happy to discuss any of it.

By now you should know how this works. Submit your question via email below and Bree will choose a few that she'll answer here on the site a week from now. Have at it!

Ask The Agent!

Bree Ogden

News by Bree Ogden

Bree Ogden is a literary agent at Red Sofa Literary and a comics/TV columnist and reviewer at Bloody Disgusting.

When she's not agenting, compulsively watching horror films, reading comics, hiding out at her local science center, or killing off her bee colonies, she serves as the managing editor of the macabre children's magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree, which she co-founded in 2011 with artist Rebekah Joy Plett.

Bree teaches query craft and graphic novel scripting at LitReactor as well as serves as the Assistant Class Director. Unless you are an exciting new piece of taxidermy, she'll probably never let you in her room. You can find her at

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Korey's picture
Korey July 3, 2012 - 10:18am

In Bree’s Graphic Novel class she provides us with clear and specific info designed to remove the stress from publishing. She wants writers to succeed. And, most importantly, she wants writers to focus on their writing rather than struggling with submission guidelines. Her insight is worth more than gold. Now do yourself a favor and ask Bree lots of questions. She knows her stuff.

Congrats, Bree! Well deserved.

Liana's picture
Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch July 31, 2012 - 11:43pm

I'll try sending a question. New to this.

angeladildine's picture
angeladildine from Texas is reading The Stupidest Angel August 13, 2012 - 9:19am

Is it smarter to go with an independent agent or one that works within a turn key operation?  In general, do you think it's better use individual places or an all encompassing publishing house like Greenleaf Book Group where you can find your agent, editor, illustrator, etc. all in one place?

Carly Berg's picture
Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon December 18, 2012 - 11:24am


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eirikodin from Auburn, NY is reading Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler February 25, 2013 - 3:46pm

All of us have sent out queries via email.  I was wondering if there is a blacklist for authors that have been rejected via email.  Is this a type of tool that exists to make an agents life easier so they don't get the same people emailing them regularly?  If so, do names and email addresses on the blacklist disappear over time?


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Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago April 22, 2013 - 11:33am


I have completed the first draft of my first novel.  Is it worthwhile to hire an editor to review my work before the first rewrite or should I wait until  I have done at least one edit and rewrite on my own?

Christi Griffel Mancha's picture
Christi Griffel... January 5, 2015 - 6:10am

Understanding that an industry standard for word count is roughly 90K for novels inteded for an adult audience, can you break that down a little further into typical number of chapters in that novel? Is there a rough industry standard for number of words per chapter? Thanks a ton!

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Teri March 31, 2015 - 10:40am


Realizing this is an older thread but I do have a question, I'm looking for an agent who can bust down the door and eat all of the genres because I write some of everything and plan to continue to do just that.

As I understand the importance of finding the right representation, someone who can not only represent the work but who is also someone that the writer can really work with as a team, how would recommend conducting that search, finding an agent who can represent a wide variety of work across several genres and, of course, represent it well?

Thank you!