Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q10: F. Unique fantasy spin on actual historical events, tight and snappy query, beautiful writing in the sample, answers a call on my MSWL. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q9: Nonfic + MG. Two pitches in one email (no), next to nothing actually within the pitches (no), poor writing, grammar, and punctuation in writing sample (no). Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q8: F. The novel's construct was explained, and yet somehow nothing about the characters or plot appeared. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q7: YA Contemp. The second it popped in my inbox I knew I had to have it. Great voice, speaks to my MSWL, premise that's both unique and commercial. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q6: F. Query contained a couple lines of "it's/the story's about" and "then X happens," followed by several lines of bio. Entice the reader -- practice writing the pitch by reviewing book jackets (no "it's about/then this" to be found!). Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q5: YA psych suspense. That genre is not my cup of tea to begin with, but the premise had triggering content personally. Strong concept though, so I passed it to another at the agency instead. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q4: YA F. A legend retelling with a unique twist. Premise and comp titles line up nicely, and the sample writing solid. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q3: F. Concept almost verbatim to Lynn Kurland's Nine Kingdoms series. Writing in sample needs a bit more polish and less info-dumping in initial pages. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q2: Romance. Multiple attachments, BCC'd (a sign of a mass-mailing!), and nothing about the romance really stood out to me as something I would want to rep if I DID rep strictly romance. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Apr 27

Q1: MG Contemp. Pretty interesting concept tackling current events, but the writing is anything but marketed for a MG reader (or even a fiction reader?). Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q10: WF. Chick-lit vibes, made me laugh and connect to the character immediately in the query, and the writing sample reflected that same voice & humor. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q9: YA Contemp. The labels and representation in this project made me cringe. The sensitivity to cultural, racial, and ethnic identity was completely tossed aside. Oof. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q8: The writer wanted to form their own genre. No plot or characters or themes/tropes. Required a huge disclaimer for the "story" in order for me to "get it." I guess I don't get it. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q7: YA Contemp. If I spend more time thinking of how I'd edit the query & sample pages to make it more commercially appealing and marketable, then it's not ready. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q6: YA F. A fairy-tale retelling through a villain's perspective, though connections to the original are loose and the ms sounds like it could stand on its own legs, no retelling disclaimer necessary. Intrigued. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q5: An email briefly stating the writer got their rights back and wanted to know if I'd be interested in representing them. Nothing about the project, no pitch, nada. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q4: HF. Incredible endeavor, includes time travel. The HF concept was neat, the time travel justification weak. HF can be just as compelling without a modern-day time traveling character. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q3: YA HF/F. Super awesome concept and well-written query, but the writing in the query's sample pages needs extensive editorial work. Not quite ready. Pass. #tenqueries

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q2: HF. The query was clean, read like a book jacket, shared just enough for me to be intrigued. Bonus points for badass women in history doing awesome things. Partial. #tenqueries #querywin

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Mar 16

Q1: Writer queried me 3 diff projects (in genres/formats I do not rep) within 5 minutes of each other. Best to query one project, wait for response, and wait a good time frame (typically months) before querying another. Pass. #tenqueries