Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jul 2

#tenqueries Q9: HF. Very well-written query, with a hook and enticing premise. Unique perspective in an otherwise saturated topic. However, the writing in the sample needed more revision; it didn't grab me. Pass.

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jul 2

#tenqueries Q8: UF/PR. Told me about how the writer wrote it, the themes they used, the message they want to get across. Nothing about characters, plot, hook, etc. Pass.

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jul 2

#tenqueries Q7: YA C. The query was kind of all over the place, which suggests the manuscript is all over the place. Where does your story begin? What are your MC's motivations and obstacles? Entice me. Pass.

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jul 2

#tenqueries Q5: A F. The query was fine––everything was there, written well, etc––but the writing in the sample just plain didn't capture my attention. In a market bursting with West Euro magic royalty narratives, it really needs to stand out. Pass.

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jul 2

#tenqueries Q3: Opened by insulting literary agents, stating we do not give full consideration to queries, so if there was something the writer ought to improve in the pitch we ought to state where and why.

...Pass.

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jul 2

#tenqueries Q2: I've no idea. Several paragraphs all about the writer, with a brief interlude of "my book is about this and that and it has these themes," followed by more self indulgence. Pass.

Laura Crockett ☕️ @LECrockett · Jul 2

#tenqueries Q1: WF. It seemed...fine, but the query's MC seemed boring/flat while the secondary characters' stories were far more interesting. Perhaps THEIR story ought to be told? Pass.

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q10: New Adult. Shy girl joins a band plot has been done too many times. And I'm confused by the choice of setting. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q9: Middle grade mystery/humor/adventure. Word count seems too low and I'm not connecting w/the topic which seems too educational. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q8: YA Paranormal. ANGELS AND DEVILS--NO THANKS. At this point, it feels like many authors aren't even bothering to research me. And it's frustrating. Big pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q6: Adult or New Adult? The premise feels like it's been done a million times and I believe it will be too literary for my tastes. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q5: YA Paranormal. I don't understand the world and the magical creatures feel too out there for me. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q4: YA Paranormal mystery. Tone is stiff and I can tell the author doesn't think highly of teens. This will be too didactic. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q2: I'm not sure of the genre. The summary feels like the author wanted to combine every commercial idea into a Frankenstory. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 30

Q1: Adult Sci-Fi. Very confusing summary and no clarification of character relationships or world. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 25

Q10: YA Sci-fi. Summary started off really strong and then became increasingly more confusing. Pass #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 25

Q9: YA Fantasy. Very stilted writing. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 25

Q8: Children's. Series of short chapter books that adapt classics for children. The format is difficult and the concept is totally unoriginal. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 25

Q7: Sci-fi. Space is difficult, but more than that, I'm not following the plot summary. And is this YA or adult? Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 25

Q5: YA Fantasy. Interesting premise, but confusing world. Pass. #tenqueries