Look, the kind of faux pas that will lead to an auto-reject on a query are like "this person seems like an absolute nightmare to work with" and "didn't even bother to run spellcheck," not "copy-paste error" or "introduced typo in last-minute tweak." #pubtip
Bridget Smith @bredalotSometimes this is because they're only three sentences long, but just as often it's because I don't know how the events described are connected, or I don't know what the stakes are for anything, or I don't understand why this matters for the MC.
Remember to share your query with someone who hasn't read the manuscript before sending it out! Since you know what happens in the book, you're usually too close to see what's confusing to the rest of us. #pubtip
Bridget Smith @bredalotGoing through queries, and have now seen four in a row that started with the protagonist waking up. Is that REALLY where the story starts?
Part of revision is teasing out which bits you-the-writer needed but which do nothing for the reader. This is usually one of those. #pubtip