Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q10: YA contemp. Family dynamics at the center of obstacles and MC's concerns, super voice-y a la Matson, Mills, Lord. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q9: YA thriller. Has "Taken" vibes. I'm simply not a thriller person whatsoever -- best to query another agent at Triada. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q8: "You're such a cute, young agent! You'll totally love [MS] because you'll relate to those perky, young kids I want to write for!" 😐 Pass. #tenqueries

I really shouldn't have to say why.

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q7: Responded to my rejection of MS1 by pitching MS2, but instead of detailing the ms, it was a business plan of what to do with the royalties from it. Both no-nos. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q6: YA contemp. Geeky, quirky, fun; awesome voice in sample. Yes please. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q5: Initially pitched as SF, then YA SF, then later claims YA thriller. All characters are 30+ years old. Lacks understanding of target audience/genre. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q4: Literary? Magical realism? Fantasy? Be clear and concise: what is the ms about? What are the obstacles? Why should we care? Don't wax poetic just yet. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q3: Fantasy. Massive in scope, but focused on two central characters in this epic. Huge word count, but writing is exquisite. Taking a shot! Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Q2: WF. Neat concept, but sample nearly all dialogue/white space, he said she said, then then then. Needs more creative development. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jan 12

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett

Settling in for afternoon tea, biscuits, and first round of Ten Queries in 2018. Hopefully you find some helpful gems in here.

Q1: 3 unsolicited "follow-ups" on a project in a mass email, with blurbs, quotes, character descriptions, and "important" thematic elements of plot turns. Hard pass. Big no-nos all around. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q10: YA SFF. Intriguing & unique. Intense obstacles. Sample was polished and voice captured my attn. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q9: Told me all about them, no MS. Passed. Emailed back to tell me why I should rep + sample of our imaginary meet-cute. PASS 😒 #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q8: SFF. Don't need to know this is the Nth draft of Nth novel. Mary Sue MC. What are the stakes, what's the story? Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q7: YA, tho better suited for younger MG/possibly CB. Too many exclamation points sample. Use that punctuation sparingly. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q6: YA Fantasy. Concept sounds neat, but it's unclear what the stakes are/why this talent is important/can change kingdom. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q5: Fantasy. Query poses loads of questions. Paragraphs of philosophical rambling before diving into 2 lines about ms. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q4: YA, sounds like WF. Lacks plot, claims to be commercial/not literary. Word count very low. Know your audience/genre! Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q3: WF. Comp titles & query spot on (fav books, fav elements in books, MSWL call). Accessible voice in sample. Partial #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q2: Poetry (which I do not represent). No sample provided. Follow submission guidelines, please! Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · 17 Oct 2017

Q1: YA F. Query poses questions ("How would you feel if...?"). Sample attempts atmospheric, takes too long to grab attn. Pass. #tenqueries