Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q10: I am not really into fiction that takes place during the 50s, 60s,70s unless it's taking place in a country other than the US or the main characters are PoC or LGBTQIA+. I'm not looking for a coming of age story from those time periods from a white cishet POV. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q9: YA with a writing voice that is trying to be too conversational and with the youths. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q8: I'm not the right age range for this women's fiction. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q6: LGBTQIA: Yes!. YA Contemporary: Yes! but I just can't get into the writing voice, it doesn't entice me in the least. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q5: I'm always on the look out for Women's fiction and anything that could be a great book club pick. The writing is there but I'm not just emotionally connect to the novel's concept. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q5: I am incredibly selective of any PB I want to work with and this one doesn't have a hook that I'm drawn to. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q4: The writing has potential but I'm just not interested in superheros unfortunately. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q3: The writing is too experimental for me. I also hate anything with drugs in it. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q2: Interesting premise but the writing is telling me the story instead of showing me, to use an overused cliche. The first several paragraphs of writing couldn't hook me in. Pass.

Jessica Mileo @JessicaMileo · May 17

Q1: Space sci-fi is so not my forte. Reading about space travel and other planets turns my brain to mush. Pass.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #9: A memoir query -- the story sounds interesting, actually, but Amy isn't acquiring memoir and we get so many Running with Scissors comps each year; this is a genre where you have to strive to stand out. Pass.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #8: Super quirky commercial fiction, which I like, but the plot sounds like it consists of a lot of extreme, purposeless violence toward the female main character, which really puts me off. Pass.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #7: Adult, multi-POV novel set in a small town -- very good. But it's extremely short (at 45K words), and the query is more a long character summary than a description of the novel, which makes me dubious about the plotting. Pass.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #6: A (never been staged) play that the author would like assistance turning into a novel. This isn't the role of a literary agent. Pass. Also a good reminder to finish your novel before querying! I don't request unfinished manuscripts.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #5: Author begins by saying, in effect, "I don't think there's a market for my fiction." From there, it takes about two pages to get to the title of the book being queried. Don't submarine yourself at the outset, and edit your query letters! Pass.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #4: Picture book; Amy's not acquiring picture books. Pass.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #2: Self-help, which Amy doesn't (and hasn't ever) represented, and it's mostly a meandering paean to the author's awesomeness (written, oddly, in third person), rather than a description of the book. Pass.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · May 17

Query #1: Literary fiction riffing on an iconic American novel -- this I like. Word count of more than 200,000 -- this I do not. The included writing sample is very wordy and meandering, confirming my instincts. Pass.

Peter Knapp @petejknapp · May 8

#tenqueries 10: MG Contemporary: This pitch doesn’t include a strong enough hook. It’s a story about friendship and growing up—but it seems too quiet for me. Pass.

Peter Knapp @petejknapp · May 8

#tenqueries 9: Adult “Cross-Genre”. I’d instead suggest the author categorize this as “Sci-fi with romantic elements”. The pages didn't quite do it for me -- they're good, but they don't feel unputdownable for me personally. Pass.