Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q10: NonFiction piece that focuses on a subject matter that is of particular interest to me and is journalistic in nature. I'm not quite sold on this *yet* as the content organization in the sample is a bit choppy. But I really love the topic.

R&R. #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q9: YA Fantasy. I like dark fantasy, but this one goes a little too dark. And while I love a good Chosen One trope within YA, I'm not seeing enough that is standing out on its own aside from the very dark subject matter. I'm afraid this one just isn't for me.

Pass. #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q8: An off-beat literary work that has me crushing HARD. Unfortunately, we have a lot of telling statements as the MC breaks the fourth wall. Doing this pulls the reader out of the story rather than making them part of it. But I don't really want to let go yet.

R&R #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q7: YA Fantasy where I really like the concept, the synopsis gives me a good idea of the overall structure of the book and I'm not seeing a lot of red flags. The writing is also pretty solid and I definitely think it's worth seeing a little more.

Request! #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q6: YA Fantasy that I really want to love, but unfortunately I'm just not really connecting to the premise and I don't think this would be the right fit for me.

Pass. #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q5: Literary work where we deal with mental health issues. This is definitely in my wheelhouse--a good and bad thing b/c as much as I love them, I am also *very* picky with them. Unfortunately, I'm not really connecting to the premise on this one.

Pass. #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q4: Mystery with a pretty cool premise. I love the themes the book explores, but the writing suffers from overused filter verbs and telling statements. I see potential though, if the writing can be strengthened.

Personalized pass. #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q3: A space opera! Strong query, great synopsis, but the writing isn't quite there for me as the voice is a bit more detached than I like. Love the premise, though!

Pass. #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q2: Southern Gothic, which I love, but the story seems overcrowded in plot, to the point where I feel plausibility is in question. The most important connection between author and reader is trust in the journey and I'm just not getting that with this one.

Pass. #tenqueries

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Oct 2

Q1: The query doesn't tell me anything and the synopsis focuses more on what they were going for than giving me a breakdown of the book. Unfortunately, I need to be able to see the pitch, overall story structure, as well as the writing to move forward. :(
Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q10: Nonfiction--doesn't really seem like it fits with my parameters, nor is the subject matter entirely clear. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q9: Women's fiction. Opens with a passage from the novel. I hate this! I want a plot summary! And from what I gather it's pretty cliche. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q8: Adult women's fiction. Really fun concept, but the way the letter is written is totally confusing. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q7: Adult historical. Letter focuses on explaining the time period and not on the characters and their journey. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q6:: Adult sci-fi. Poorly written letter. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q5: Didn't even get through the whole letter. It began with rhetorical questions, no genre, no title, and a confusing summary. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q4: Adult fantasy. I'm on the fence. Not sure I will connect with the morally ambiguous MC, but will read the first chapter. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q3: YA paranormal. MC is too old for the genre. And ANGELS, which we all know I don't like. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q2: Adult romance. Letter isn't even addressed to me. Can't understand the plot and the language is too flowery. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Aug 13

Q1: YA fantasy featuring magical pirates. Cool concept, but the world building is confusing! Pass. #tenqueries