Some minor updates for anyone waiting for their response to their I Can Handle the Truth query submission.

I'm 50 queries in. It's slow going, but I'm still planning to have responses to you by Tuesday end of day.

In the mean time, when you get a reply, here are some things you should know:

  • If I requested please send me your MS. I'll be sad if you don't.
  • I apologize if my responses are harsh. They aren't intended to be, but they are truth which means sometimes they might come across that way. Don't take it personally or get discouraged. If you don't feel like you can use my comments as a critique, don't worry, I am just one opinion.
  • Remember the responses are honest and not form but some will be more helpful than others. For instance last year my reason to someone was "Mermaids just creep me out"--not the most helpful response but very true. 
  • If I ask you a question in my response (What is your book about?), it's a rhetorical question. You don't need to answer it. 
  • Don't reply to thank me. Don't feel you need to thank me but if you must, take to twitter or comment on the blog. 
  • Oh and if you queried but didn't put "I can handle the truth" you got just a regular reply. That sucks and I'm sorry if you meant to put it in the subject line but I didn't know that. 
It's officially 10 am EST and that's the cut off for the query contest. If you weren't able to get me your query this time around, don't worry. I will do this again, probably next year and hopefully you'll be able to learn a little from what feedback other people get.

I'll have an update after I finish going through all the queries next week!
Kelly Fiore's debut novel, Taste Test, comes out today!

And I have a confession. I didn't sell this book. I signed Kelly just a few months ago when she queried me with a new novel.

But guys, Taste Test, is an awesome book. It's funny and sweet and romantic and full of food. It's definitely a fun summer read--to prolong your summer just a little longer :)

It's August, I'm back from vacation, and I think the end of 2013 is going to be even better than the beginning. 

So my question to you is: Can you handle the truth?

Many writers want to know what an agent is really thinking when they pass on a query, right? You want the truth...but can you handle it? Well next week I will respond to the queries I receive in complete honesty. I will either request your manuscript or I will pass and tell you exactly why.

No form responses.

Now, this isn't a critique, it's just an honest response, but if you've been getting a lot of form rejections, this might tell you why. (hopefully it'll be helpful?)

You may see something as simple as "Not bad, but just not for me." or "I don't represent legal thrillers." or "Mermaids creep me out." OR you may see something like "I stopped reading when you mentioned that the mailman was a vampire space zombie who has come to deliver a message of PAIN. Because come on...seriously?"

So, if you want the truth, query me for the next week (so right now until 10 am EST on Friday 8/30). Read on for the rules.

  • Queries must be submitted to Query(at)newleafliterary(dot)com. 
  • All queries entered must have this in the subject line: QUERY SUZIE - I can handle the truth
  • If it does not have this in the subject line, it will be considered a regular query only.
  • Queries must be in the body of the email. NO attachments!
  • Queries should include the first 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email below your query. 
  • You will receive our usual auto-response. If you do not receive an auto-response, resend!
  • One query per writer please. (Don't think you can trick me with different email addresses either)
I will respond to all queries entered in the contest by Tuesday (9/3/2013) at 5pm EST.

Further Guidelines:
  • Yes, if you've already been rejected by me (or someone else at New Leaf) you may resubmit your query. I will read (if submitted in the correct time frame) and let you know why it's been rejected. Don't say "You already rejected me..." Treat it like you've never queried her before.
  • Your queries will NOT be posted on this or any other blog. I will reply to you via your e-mail, only. 
  • You must treat this as an actual query process, which means you need to have a complete manuscript. If I do request your manuscript, I don't want to find out there isn't one!
Okay, ready go!

The new False Memory paperback and it's sequel, False Sight, are out in the world today!

These novels take some of the crazy-awesomest turns imaginable. There are so many instances where Dan has Blown. My. Mind. with his action scenes and plot twists.