Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q10: Paranormal Romance. I know vampires are supposed to be making a comeback, but the pitch for this one doesn't feel fresh enough to me. Pass. #tenqueries.

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q9: Contemporary Romance. This takes place in Iceland. For all that I hate cold weather for me, I love reading stories set in remote, wintry places. Listen, I can't explain it either. Full Request. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q8: Honestly I don't know what this is. The author submitted under Fantasy. But it's about medication? And whether or not a cure for stress will be found? And it's not even 10,000 words? Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q7: Contemporary Romance. And, yet another word count pass. This has the opposite problem. At close to 150,000 words it's nearly twice the length of the average Contemporary Romance. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q6: YA Sci-Fi. Another easy pass due to word count. This one is 44,000 words, but YA Sci-Fi tends to average word counts in the 90,000-100,000 word range. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q5: YA Fantasy. This one is an easy pass due to word count. At 25,000 words, it's too short to count as a completed work in YA fantasy, which tend to average 90,000 words. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q4: YA Contemporary. Last one from May. This has some great #ownvoices rep, and I want to love. But I struggle with younger YA, and the opening scene makes gives me more MG vibes than YA which makes me think I'm not the right fit. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q3: YA Fantasy. Going through the last of my May queries. Reading through the opening pages, I'm drawn to the aerialist MC and her Parisian dreams, I want to keep reading. Full Request. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q2: Fantasy. Also have been sitting on this one. Same issues really. Love the comps/pitch, but a close read of the opening pages has me concerned about the world-building, and the author's ability to effectively describe action sequences. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · 5d

Q1: Fantasy. I've been debating this one for a while. I like the pitch, I like the voice, but where this story starts, & where it's going to go...I'm just not sure I'm invested in the journey. It's hard to say no, but sometimes that's better than my indecision. Pass. #tenqueries

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#10 Fantastic log line! Appreciate an author that can grab interest in their story in a few words. Unfortunately, market and genre not represented by anyone in the agency.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#9 Adult fiction. Don't represent. Word count is way too high. Won't even read to see if a colleague may be interested. Know your genre.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#8 Another adult suspense. Again, I don't represent but the concept looks quite interesting. Will forward to a colleague.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#7 Actually a really well crafted query letter. Introduces the character, their goal, what they are up against and what's at stake if they fail. Short, sweet and to the point. Concept just isn't for me.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#6 Describes setting, themes explored, why it was written, what author is hoping to achieve with its publication but doesn't tell me what the story is about. Pass.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#5 YA fantasy. One of my favorite genres. Word count spot on. A great feel for the story conveyed in one short but powerful sentence. Western setting but I'm intrigued enough to read the sample.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#4 A PB. I don't represent. Would forward it to a colleague but query doesn't tell me what the story is about.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#3 Grabbed by the title. Word count right on target. Fantastic comps. Super unique and intriguing plot. I will definitely read the sample!

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#2 Halted by the word count. Far under the guidelines for YA fiction. Pass.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · Jun 26

#1 Nice job of grabbing my interest with an interesting and unique protagonist. Concept is definitely intriguing. But I don't rep adult suspense so I will pass on to one of my colleagues.