Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q10: YA Historical. This is a Civil War-era YA, and the pitch was light on details, but my sense is that this isn't the story we need about this era right now. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q9: Science Fiction. This one has a post-modern literary voice that is just not a good fit for me. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q8: Speculative. The protagonist is a Jesus-like figure meant to be figuring out his life I think. I am not the right fit for stories like this. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q7: YA Fantasy. Other than giving me the characters' names this query tells me nothing about what this story is actually about. I need something to go on. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q6: Historical Fiction. This is a World War II narrative and I feel like at this point this time period is pretty saturated, especially from a white European standpoint. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q5: YA (maybe Fantasy?). This pitch is really confusing. I'm not actually sure what this book is about, but I do know that there are some unrealistic expectations about the publishing industry here and this won't be a good fit. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q4: Urban Fantasy. This one is aimed at the New Adult market, and I'm not looking for manuscripts in this space at the moment. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q3: Fantasy. So the main POV characters in this one all have different racial and ethnic backgrounds that the author does not seem to share. Which is just difficult at this moment in time. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q2: Urban Fantasy. I wish I could pinpoint why these pitches are leaving me kind of cold. There's nothing *wrong* with them, but I'm just not *excited* about them either. You want your agent to be ALL-IN, and I'm just not here. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 4d

Q1: Urban Fantasy. The premise is intriguing but I'm not especially drawn to the comps, and the opening pages start with a scene that has me feeling slightly annoyed. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q10: YA Fantasy. The overarching mythology here was Fae, which I am not that interested in. And the opening scene was so mundane I just didn't feel compelled to keep reading. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q9: YA Speculative. This query is really confusing. The story itself sounds almost like a morality play, which I am not generally the best fit for. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q8: Contemporary Romance. This is New Adult, and the market in this space is so limited and so difficult, I'm not really acquiring college-set love stories atm. It needs to be high-concept, something that blows me out of the water to pique my interest. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q7: Paranormal Romance. For PNR to really work I think there needs to be a high-concept hook, something that makes this story different from all the other vampire stories out there. That hook isn't here. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q6: Urban Fantasy. The premise for this one reminds me of another manuscript, but the stories are very different. The problem is, that I liked the other story better and can't seem to get past it to enjoy this one. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q5: YA Thriller. This dark YA has a compelling premise, but it's a multi-POV story, and I am just not always the best fit for anything above dual POV. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q4: Contemporary Romance. The characters meet at a masquerade Purim ball, which is so delightfully specific. It's a little weird that I know someone with the MC's name, but I think I can get past it. Full Request. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q3: YA Fantasy. This historical fantasy has pirates and #Latinx rep, which I love. But again this story doesn't feel like a YA story. It's an adult sounding love triangle. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q2: MG Contemporary. The author asked me if I'd take a look before sending, and I said I would. This has great diabetes rep, and I wish I felt more confident about handling MG, but I don't. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Aug 2

Q1: YA Fantasy. I'm never sure about cryptids. But I think my biggest issue with this one is not the cryptids but the fact that this was written as YA. So many of the story elements feel like they could have been explored more authentically in an adult voice. Pass. #tenqueries