#tenqueries 5: YA Historical Mystery. There are bits and pieces of this query that are enticing and make me want to read more—but I don’t feel like I have a true grasp on what the story is really about. There were logic holes that also made me question the story's flow. Pass.
#tenqueries 1: Adult Thriller. Though this was a well-written query, it sounded very familiar, both in terms of content and character motivation. I worry that this manuscript doesn't quite stand apart from the pack enough for me personally. Pass.
#tenqueries 9: Adult Historical Fiction: Once again, I was intrigued by the pitch, but when I got to the pages, I felt like the entire story was being told to me, rather than showing me details that would allow me to connect to the story in my own way. Pass.
#tenqueries 8: MG Historical Fantasy: This query intrigued me because of its historical setting and its brave, outgoing protagonist. I found myself curious about what she might get into, and loved her immediately apparent compassion. Request.
#tenqueries 7: MG Supernatural. While the writing in this query was good, I found the pacing in the first chapter was a little frantic, rushing through events so quickly I couldn't root myself in the narrator's POV or world well enough.
#tenqueries 4: YA Fantasy. We’re given the hook right away—but there’s no explanation about what that hook will mean for the characters. It's a solid premise, but I almost wonder if the story is told from the wrong character's POV? Pass.
#tenqueries 2: Adult Literary Fiction. This query doesn’t follow my guidelines (it includes an attachment rather than pasting pages in the body of the email) & it also hints at many vague plot details -- I'd need more specifics to get excited. Pass.