Time for an early morning stretch with #tenqueries. A reminder that there's usually not any one reason I pass, so these are representative of a reason that may've contributed to the pass, but in truth it's about how everything came together, and how it resonated with me.
#tenqueries 10: Adult Fiction. The author starts with a long bio (always start with the plot for fiction, I personally feel; I want to hear about your book first and foremost) & after a three-sentence plot pitch, there are no sample pages from the MS. Pass.
#tenqueries 9: MG Magical Realism. I like the strong theme of friendship present in this pitch, as well as the unique setting and foreshadowed relatable interactions between school peers. I'm certainly curious about this one. Request.
#tenqueries 8: MG fantasy. I was intrigued b/c this seemed to be a coming of age story in a fantasy setting, but ultimately it didn't work--the first pages felt slow, and I worry the plot won't take advantage of the cool fantasy world it's set in. Pass
#tenqueries 4: YA Fantasy. I actually really liked this query: it presented a high stakes world and plot and intriguing characters, but then the opening pages were dense, with lots of exposition/world building but little plot. I definitely am a plot person in YA fantasy. Pass.
#tenqueries 3: MG Contemporary. The voice in these pages breaks the fourth wall quite a few times--this is clearly a purposeful choice on the author's part, but it wasn't working for me personally here, as it distracted me from the actual action. Pass
#tenqueries 9: YA Contemporary. We're just not given a deep enough glance into the characters in the pitch, so it's feeling a touch superficial or flat. I want a sense of not just what happens but why it matters, which comes back to caring about characters for me. Pass
#tenqueries 8: YA Adventure. The main plotline is clear, but as an adventure story, I feel like we're lacking high stakes and drama. We're told X, X, and X happen, but what makes each of these plot points exciting or challenging? Pass