Friday, August 31, 2012

Query Roundup 8/31

As of 7:11 pm, Friday, August 31st, I'm caught up on queries. I answered the 214 queries that were in my inbox. If you queried me this week and didn't get a response, double check the submission guidelines and send off the query again.

This was a strange group of queries. There are some exceptions, but there were a lot of queries that had me scratching my head. At the risk of preaching to the choir:

  • Make sure your query actually names your main character. (Don't just say, "This novel tells how the main character...")
  • Rather than paste in a paragraph excerpt, tell what the novel is about then paste your first pages in below the query.
  • I don't want to read your "best scene" in those 5-10 pages below the query. I want to read from the beginning just like an editor and a reader would.
  • Start with your main character and the book, not what inspired you or how much money you will make me

Of the 214 queries...

I regrettably passed on 2 manuscripts that sparked my interest at first

A contemporary YA with a really cool title sucked me into the premise, but the voice didn't grab me
A historical adult ms with romantic elements. I liked the query and the beginning a lot, but as I kept reading the pages it started to lose me. I didn't connect with the characters so I passed.

I requested 3 manuscripts

A YA epic fantasy that had a great query and a catchy voice
YA contemporary with a really good query, good pages, and an offer (already!)
MG historical with a really cool premise and great writing


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