Emmy Nordstrom Higdon
12/ Okay, okay. This is a good one to stop on because it is BIZARRE. The author has no credentials, but I can honestly say it's weird AF. I'm intrigued. This one's going into the maybe pile to talk myself out of later. 😂
11/ This one is close, but just off-mark for me. It has a bit of a cult-y, creepy vibe, but I'm not sure what's super important about it. It feels like maybe we've already seen elements of this in ROOM and KIMMY SCHMIDT. I don't think I need a third take on this right now.
5/ This one's a YA murder mystery, which I'm always very tempted by, but unfortunately the author doesn't have any prior writing experience, and the book doesn't feel like it's filling a gap or has a timely or urgent theme. Reluctant pass.
3/ Author didn't include a writing sample. Submission guidelines = so important! That said, it's also non-fiction, and it's super broad subject matter with no clear, timely message. Pass from me.
2/ This author sounds great and has wonderful credentials. The book does have trans rep, which I love. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the book would fit into either YA or adult, and it's fantasy, but not sure whether high fantasy or low, which is tough for marketing. Pass.
emmy, purveyor of spines @emmy_of_spinesFeeling motivated, so even though it doesn't REALLY serve much purpose beyond self-accountability, I'm going to do another handful of query insights here! Again, if you have questions after reading, please feel free to drop them in the thread! #QueryTip #AmAgenting
1/ Incomplete query. Please include all the materials the agent requests! In terms of plot, this book doesn't feel like it offers me something I haven't seen before. Pass.