#tenqueries 8: MG Contemporary. This pitch feels adventurous as it pushes boundaries to ensnare the reader in young love, secrets, and life in a small town. The first pages are good, and I’m intrigued enough to want to read more. Request.
#tenqueries 1: Upmarket Women’s Fiction. Be careful of rhetorical questions or questions that your reader can immediately and decisively answer “no” to, effectively stopping their interest in their tracks. This query began with several such questions. Pass.
#tenqueries 10: YA Fantasy. While it’s clear that this story is set in a different world, the pitch reads as though it’s written for someone already familiar with that world, instead of for readers who’ve never been introduced to it, causing it to come off as confusing. Pass
#tenqueries 7: Spooky MG. While this isn’t an exact genre per se, I do love a good Halloween adventure, and I quite liked the voice in the attached pages, so I’m looking forward to spending some time with these characters. Request!
#tenqueries 6: YA contemp. This query is pitching a book that was self-published 10 years ago. While the writing is good, many of the references feel dated and the previous publication is a hurdle. Pass with expression of interest to see any new manuscripts from the author.