Alec Shane

@alecdshane

Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com

New York City

Writers House

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q10: This one sounds cool...but I don't think I'm the right agent for it. It seems to require a perspective that I don't quite have, so I'm going to recommend that the author try a colleague of mine instead. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q9: Author is querying me with the seventh in a series of thrillers. The first six have all been self-pubbed - but it's OK because he can get the rights back at any time. There's very little I can do with book 7 of a series when 1-6 are already out. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q8: MG, opens up with the protagonist blowing the winning shot in the basketball game. You could start an entire 32 team sports league populated solely with kids who lost their team the game in the opening pages of MG novels. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q7A: NF proposal that actually sounds pretty interesting...but did a quick Google search on the author and found virtually no online presence or platform. Platform is a huge part of selling nonfiction, and it's sorely lacking here. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q7: The real Q7 was 157K words, which is an easy pass. So as a bonus:
#tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q6: Historical fiction set in ancient Mesopotamia. Not my personal cup of HF tea; I'm more drawn to either American history or from about the 1600s on, in general. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q5: International spy thriller. These are virtually impossible to break out in a new way and need to absolutely blow my mind in order for me to take on. Not the case here. Pass #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q4: Memoir. I do so little memoir, and it's almost exclusively of the military/pro athlete variety. Tales of overcoming illness, abuse, etc. are poignant and important - but not for me. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q3: MG horror. Kid moves in next to a creepy cemetery bc mom got a job as the caretaker. Graveyard is haunted, kid is going to have to save the day. I like this premise - which is why I've already read most of the books that already have this plotline Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q2: Told in the 2nd person. In my opinion, in order for this POV to work, it has to be absolutely spectacular, and this one isn't. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2d

Q1: Adult apocalyptic thriller about a plague. Gonna go out on a limb and say that nobody wants to read novels about plagues and a dystopian world right now. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

OK, that's my #tenqueries. One request, nine passes.

I'm now getting off Twitter until January. My favorite Christmas Present to myself.

I have now responded to all queries through 8/31, not including partial/full requests. I hope to get through 9/15 before Thanksgiving.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q10: MG sports mystery. Opens with the main character missing the free shot that would have won her team the championship. This is the MG sports mystery equivalent of opening a mystery novel with a dead woman and two detectives standing over the body. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q9: Man... the number of times I get some version of "I know you said you have terrorist fatigue, but that's because you haven't met MY terrorists!"

No. Terrorists.

Please and Thank You. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q8: Thriller, set inside a prison. Skeptical about originality - hope it doesn't become one guard who teams up with a badass con who is actually a good guy to take out the gang of inmates hell-bent on escaping and going on a murder spree - but will request and find out#tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q7: Appealing to my Patriots fandom is always nice - a good way to show you've done some research and are querying me for a reason.

But in doing that research, you should also have learned that I'm beyond clueless when it comes to Picture Books. Pass.#tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q6: Thriller. Prologue with girl getting chased through the woods by...something...then Ch. 1 is a detective fielding a phone call from a hysterical jogger who found a body. Sound familiar?

Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q5: Collection of essays. I've never had much luck selling essay collections. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q4: This query represents what it hands down the most common reason I pass on a submission: it's good.

Writing is fine.

Nothing structurally wrong.

Not a bad concept.

Just didn't blow me away. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 22 Nov 2019

Q3: Doomed from the opening line! Used the wrong version of lose/loose AND breathe/breath in the same sentence. A pet peeve double whammy - and since it's the first line, doesn't speak well to attention to detail. #tenqueries