Monday, December 17, 2012

Last Query Roundup of 2012

Queries were cleared out by 8:00 pm, 12/16/2012

Total Queries in the Inbox: 209

Manuscripts I Requested: 3

YA Fantasy
YA Sci Fi (something I haven't seen yet!)
Adult Women's Fiction

In my queries, there was a lot of YA and a lot of really long manuscripts.

The thing about long word counts is that manuscripts a little over 100k words don't necessarily scare me. Manuscripts that are 150k, 170k, or over 200k, those do scare me. I know there are some great manuscripts that are that long, but for every great one there are hundreds that need a lot of work.

If you have a really long manuscript, make sure you check your pacing. Go scene by scene. Get into each one late, get out early. Make sure each scene moves the plot forward in some way. Check the dialogue and cut any repetitions.

Then have a beta reader go through your manuscript with the same things in mind.

Then, if you still have a long manuscript go ahead and query. But maybe, and don't quote me on this, leave your word count out.

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