Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q10: YA Fantasy. Not convinced vampires are ready for a comeback yet. And the writing didn't have that fantasy feeling that I need in my fantasies. Pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q9: YA Fantasy. The query looked intriguing and like it might address a #MSWL list of mine, but then the writing falls into the dreaded telling and therefor glosses over the character development. Sad. Pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q8: MG. A MG voice is so hard to capture. Not sure about the plot though. I see problems ahead if this is not handled right. Will request along with a synopsis. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q7: YA Fantasy. Writing is good, but I don't see a market for this story. I'm going to pass, but ask if they have other manuscripts ready to query. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q6: YA Magical Realism. I have reservations about this one, but the writing is good. Let's see what happens. Request. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q5: YA Historical. A referral and the title alone made me pause. Started reading and I am just not feeling the story the way I had hoped to. Pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q4: NF. I'm marking for @jamerrson to look at. I like the subject matter, but on the fence and need a second opinion. So holding pattern for now. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q3: YA Fantasy. The query was good, but the writing is actually not as strong. The word choices are weird. Read on a but further and I think the novel starts in the wrong spot. Since it wasn't the strongest sample, I am going to pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q2: YA Fantasy. The prologue is what made me originally pause on this but after looking again, I think this might be better geared towards adults. Pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q1: YA Fantasy. Much better than the last ms I saw from this author. Writing is good, but still needs to improve to give more heft to the characters. A pass for now. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Special edition of #tenqueries commencing. Background: these are the queries that needed more investigation after I glanced at them in my first run. So they were "intriguing" and now I must make a decision. So let's go!

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

I'm going to go through the rest of these and then let's do a special edition of #tenqueries on the ones that needed further investigating. Longer reasons for why a pass/sit on/request.

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q10: YA Historical which should be fantasy. Writing isn't quite on the sweet spot for me and query didn't compel me. Pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q9: PB. Same problem as before. The writing is not write for a picture book. Too descriptive. Pass. #tenqueries

Query tip: PBs should leave room for the illustrator. Don't describe the scene, the illustrator will do that.

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q8: PB. LOVE it! Am requesting more to see. Fingers crossed! #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q7: CB. Query looks shady and so I am going to say no. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q6: Adult book that tried to sneak in as a MG. Immediate Pass. No reading. Even the comp is an adult book. Pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q5: Verse Novel. I am picky about these so a pass has more to do with me than with the author or the story. I want a Margarita Engle writing style but for YA and MG. Pass on this one. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q4: YA Fantasy. Query is confusing. I don't understand the world and when I dropped into the sample, confusion got worse. Pass. #tenqueries

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 1d

Q3: PB. I am troubled by the name; it reads differently than the author intended. Writing is also not where i would like to see it. Pass. #tenqueries

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