Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q1: Contemporary Romance. This is #OwnVoices Latinx which is what I'm looking for, but this also isn't contemporary romance. It's more erotic thriller which isn't really my wheelhouse. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q10: Contemporary Romance: This one is lacking a high-concept hook to really make the manuscript marketable in the competitive contemporary space. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q9: Contemporary Romance: This pitch reads more like women's fiction than contemporary romance to me, and the structure fits the upmarket women's space than contemporary romance. It's not a good fit for me. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q8: Historical Romance: Love everything about this pitch, the comps, the plot, the characters. Opening pages draw me in and I want to read more. Full Request. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q7: YA Contemporary: This has a lot of elements I'm looking for #LGBTQ/#OwnVoices, but it feels more like an issues story than a romance, which is not quite right for me. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q6: Urban Fantasy: Here is another query where I have no real idea what the main character's stakes are. If the GMC aren't clear in the query, it's really hard to feel invested enough in the opening pages. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q5: YA Fantasy: So here is just a personal preference, but stories that involve the MCs having to conceive a child to maintain messed up political systems aren't my YA jam. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q4: YA Sci-FI: Another time travel story, this one for the YA market. While the time travel in this story functions a little differently than the norm, I'm still wary about the market for this. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q3: Adult Sci-Fi: This is actually a time travel romance, and while there are things that appeal about the pitch, there's just not a market for this kind of story at the moment. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q2: YA Contemporary: I can't quite grasp the conflict or stakes from the query--it mostly has me doubting the main character has any agency--and the opening pages don't grab me the way I want. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 17

Q1: Contemporary Romance: While I'm looking for Latinx stories, I really want #OwnVoices & this isn't that. Especially since there is also a deportation/migrant worker storyline that I'm not sure works within the space, especially without the #OwnVoices element. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q10: Adult fantasy. The letter is really short and doesn't explain much about the world or how magic works. It's important for me to understand this a least a little so I can understand the mc's challenges. The word count is also too short for the genre.  Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q9: YA sci-fi with a v. cool premise. I wish I had more clarity on the world. Still, I'm intrigued, and the author has a solid platform. Request! #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q8: Adult or middle grade sci-fi? There is too much to unpack here. It's sci-fi, but then also fantasy? The author is arrogant and brags about the reactions of their beta reads. The summary itself is clunky and the plot has too much going on. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q7: Adult literary fiction. I don't rep this genre. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q6: PB text only. Again I'm not really looking for text only projects. This one has an original concept, but the text doesn't leave a lot of room for imaginative illustrations. I'm not sure it has broad appeal either.  Also, starts with a rhetorical question. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q5: PB text only. I am primarily looking for author/illustrator clients, so if you pitch text only, it really has to wow me. The concept here is one that's been done many, many times. Perhaps illustrations could elevate it, but I'm not willing to chance it. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q4: Adult sci-fi. Two paragraphs into this letter, and I still have no idea what this book is about. It's rambling and incoherent. Concepts are described without characters.  I care about your character and what they want--that's what should be in your letter. Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q3: Pitched as dark adult literary fiction. I do not rep adult literary fiction. I do not enjoy adult literary fiction (though send my your literary YA!).  It is stated very clearly that I do not want this on multiple platforms. Do your research! Pass. #tenqueries

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · May 15

Q2: Adult historical fiction. I like the setting, but not sure I really fully understand the characters' motives or relationships. Pass. #tenqueries