Friday, July 6, 2012

Query Roundup

As of 1:48 pm, Friday, July 6th, I'm caught up on queries. That means I have gotten the query inbox down to 0. If you queried me this week and didn't get a response, double check the submission guidelines and send off the query again.

(And remember to query the New Leaf query address).

This week there were 203 queries in my inbox(es)!

Of those...

I got 4 bouncebacks saying my email wasn't accepted by the domain. (If you have an author site and your email goes through your site, make sure you can get your emails!)

The most common genre this week--Fantasy. Lots of fantasy queries that seemed to stick out in my mind. Most of these seem to be high fantasy or fantasy that is set in a completely different world. I like that kind of fantasy a lot, but everyone querying should make sure that the proper nouns in the query (names and places) aren't too hard to pronounce or understand. It's hard for me to be interested in a character whose name is Thzorhtenke because it takes me too long to try to figure out how to say that in my mind and pulls my attention away from where it should be--the story.

Why I rejected most queries--I'm not grabbed
Like last week, most of my rejections stem from not feeling grabbed. This doesn't mean it's bad, just that nothing stands out or really jumps out and says UNIQUE! If you're querying, you want your query to really show why your character will stand out and grab people's attention, and you want your plot set up to force an agent to read to the end and then leave them on the edge of their seat going, "what, then what happens?"

Queries I regrettably passed on--1

Adult Vampire--loved the query, especially the first line, but the pages didn't grab me.

Be careful if you have a prologue that opens your story. First ask yourself if it's really necessary. If it is, examine how long it is, should it be shorter. And then reread it and make sure it makes sense next to your query and will still grab your reader.

Manuscripts I requested--2

Adult Steampunk Romance--love the premise and the author has done numerous e-originals and the pages are gripping. Sounds like just what I'm looking for.
YA Fantasy--pitched as Graceling meets Game of Thrones and the query actually sounds just like that! The voice in the pages is fabulous and I am beyond excited to read it. (*This is a really great example of how you can use what an agent says, pitch them the right project, and have them super excited to read).


Giora said...

Did you get this year queries for YA novels with socio-economic issues like socialism, occupy wall street ect? Thanks

Stephanie Garber said...

I love that you've started doing a Query Roundup at the end of the week. These are so helpful to read! Thank you, Suzie!

Monika Pardon said...

I can't wait to see what you find for us to read!!

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2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

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4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?