Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q10) Historical-SFF crossover. Writing has potential but proposed plot unfortunately not strong enough. Pass. #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q9) Genre indecipherable. Confusing synopsis with no clear beginning, middle and end. Pass. #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q8) Historical fiction. Opening not gripping enough and lacking in dialogue. Pass. #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q7) Historical fiction. Muddled submission and I couldn't engage with the voice or concept. Pass. #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q6) Described as a thriller but feels more like a sci-fi. Opening too quiet, not enough happening. Pass. #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q5) Contemporary women's fiction. High concept with a strong voice. Will get a second read! #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q4) Genre unclear. Either a sci-fi or a dystopia. Too bleak for me and not character-driven enough. Pass. #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q3) Thriller. A chilling opening that had me a holding my breath. A definite second read! #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Q2) Thriller. The writing is decent but I'm not excited enough by the synopsis. Pass. #TenQueries

Saskia Leach
@saskialeach_
Literary Assistant
πŸ“– Agent’s Assistant at @KNLitAgency πŸ’¬ "You chose looks. I chose books." πŸ“š
1 MSWL
10 Queries

Doing a #TenQueries thread now that we're open again for submissions! This is the first:

Q1) Sci-Fi. Interesting concept but too dialogue-heavy and not enough sense of place. Pass.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

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. πŸ˜‚

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

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.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

10/ Sci-fi with time travel, but back to the 9th century. I'm not huge on complex worldbuilding, or ancient historical, so I'm not the right person for this one. Pass.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

9/ This is a really genuine PB query about the ocean, but unfortunately the quality just isn't there for the contemporary market or for agent involvement yet.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

8/ This book is literally about biblical Jesus, and I'm not the right agent for that in any context. Even sci-fi.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

7/ Interesting. Picture book about gender and dress-up from a BIPOC author. This one's going into my maybe pile. Not sure if the market is oversaturated on this yet.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

6/ Sorry, folks, but I'm disabled - if you use the phrase "special needs" in your query, that's a quick pass from me.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

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.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

4/ Next one is for multiple books (I prefer standalone), didn't follow submission guidelines, and is really riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Pass.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
132 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

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.