Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q10. YA Spec. Sounds incredibly similar to another MS I'm currently reading. Sample didn't persuade me to take a chance. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q9. MG C. The pitch was so fun, but the voice was too cutesy. Maybe good for CB, but grating for older readers. Pass #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q8. Upmarket WF. At least that's what it says, but query and sample read straight CR, and I wasn't falling in love. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q7. CF. Pitch has me expecting Lady Thor. Apparently feminist = barefoot & pregnant in the kitchen, but w/ magic powers. Pass #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q6. Paranormal Romance. An intriguing voice, but this really isn't in my wheelhouse. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q5. YA CF. Fresh premise—hard to come by sometimes—I was confused by the world and the sample left me feeling even more so. Pass #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q4. YA HF. Intrigued by vastly contrasting comps—could be something really cool—but ten pages of backstory and weak voice. Pass #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q3. MG CF. A pretty common take on fairies, and while the voice felt young enough, it just didn't resonate with me. Pass #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q2. YA F. Not sold on the premise and gets off to too slow of a start to really grab me. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 21 2016

Q1. CF. Purple prose to the max—chapter 1 was basically just 1 simile after another. Difficult to tell what's going on. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q10. MG Fantasy. Very similar to a MS I lost a few months ago. Maybe that's casting a shadow, but I just wasn't intrigued. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q9. Commercial WF. Such a great pitch—unique premise—and I was instantly drawn in by the voice. Request. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q8. YA MR. I think… I think this could maybe be my dream book. Sample just isn’t long enough. Must have more. Request! #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q7. MG Fantasy. Truest MG voice I’ve seen in ages, and such a fun pitch. Request #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q6.5. 10+ agents in cc field. “To Whom It May Concern, Please find attached my query for …” Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q6. YA Fantasy. Standard “chosen one” fare, although the world is fresh. But yet again, writing too passive to grab me. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q5. Pitched as YA Rom. Voice reads much older, and synopsis lays out what sounds more like an adult romance. Not for me. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q4. YA UF. Not 100% sure how I feel about the premise, but boy oh boy, that voice! I was captivated from the first line. Request #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q3. YA SciFi. An interesting twist, but the world felt very generic and the passive voice left me removed from the action. Pass. #tenqueries

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 16 2016

Q2. YA Hist. A dark world I'd easily fall for, but the voice was trying too hard to be period: not natural, quite jarring. Pass. #tenqueries