Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q10: This one sounds cool...but I don't think I'm the right agent for it. It seems to require a perspective that I don't quite have, so I'm going to recommend that the author try a colleague of mine instead. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q9: Author is querying me with the seventh in a series of thrillers. The first six have all been self-pubbed - but it's OK because he can get the rights back at any time. There's very little I can do with book 7 of a series when 1-6 are already out. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q8: MG, opens up with the protagonist blowing the winning shot in the basketball game. You could start an entire 32 team sports league populated solely with kids who lost their team the game in the opening pages of MG novels. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q7A: NF proposal that actually sounds pretty interesting...but did a quick Google search on the author and found virtually no online presence or platform. Platform is a huge part of selling nonfiction, and it's sorely lacking here. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q7: The real Q7 was 157K words, which is an easy pass. So as a bonus:
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Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q6: Historical fiction set in ancient Mesopotamia. Not my personal cup of HF tea; I'm more drawn to either American history or from about the 1600s on, in general. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q5: International spy thriller. These are virtually impossible to break out in a new way and need to absolutely blow my mind in order for me to take on. Not the case here. Pass #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q4: Memoir. I do so little memoir, and it's almost exclusively of the military/pro athlete variety. Tales of overcoming illness, abuse, etc. are poignant and important - but not for me. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q3: MG horror. Kid moves in next to a creepy cemetery bc mom got a job as the caretaker. Graveyard is haunted, kid is going to have to save the day. I like this premise - which is why I've already read most of the books that already have this plotline Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q2: Told in the 2nd person. In my opinion, in order for this POV to work, it has to be absolutely spectacular, and this one isn't. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 28

Q1: Adult apocalyptic thriller about a plague. Gonna go out on a limb and say that nobody wants to read novels about plagues and a dystopian world right now. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q10: Speculative. I am not the best fit for speculative in the adult market. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q9: YA Fantasy. The central couple in this story has newborn twins, plus the story is more science-focused than fantasy and so there's a big disconnect here on genre/category that I find troubling. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q8: Science Fiction. Okay, so there are aliens in this one too, but I am less opposed to them in a sci-fi setting. Here the problem is that the entire plot is so generic I have no sense of what makes this book special. There is no hook. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q7: Paranormal Romance. There's an alien in this one. I am not the right agent for books with aliens in them. Especially not romance books with aliens in them. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q6: YA Fantasy. The blurb on this one is all over the place. It reads like a contemporary with magical elements that is generally not the best fit for me. I'm also not clear on the GMC for the main characters. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q5: Upmarket Fiction. This one is not the right genre. It came in under Multicultural Fiction, and while I do want multicultural fiction, I need it to be in the genres/categories I represent which are romance, SFF & YA. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q4: YA Fantasy. While not necessary to begin in the middle of the action or with a #BigBang, you still want to get the reader's attention & leave them wanting more. This one starts off in such a mundane place it's hard to have the patience to see where it'll go. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q3: Fantasy. The premise for this one just doesn't grab me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but sometimes these reactions are just purely subjective. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · May 24

Q2: Fantasy. This fantasy has two distinct worlds on a collision course and the opening pages are gripping. Word count is on the long side but the #OwnVoices and non-Western mythology makes this worth a deeper look. Full Request. #tenqueries