Jessica Sinsheimer
@jsinsheim
Literary Agent
Ravenous reader, lazy gourmet, literary agent + cheese-obsessed human. Co-creator of #MSWL , Manuscript Wish List® + ManuscriptAcademy.com. ☕📚She/her.
118 MSWL
12 Queries
10 Tips

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Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

And that's a wrap for this week. As of now all queries prior to November 1st have been answered. I've read up to November 15th, & have a handful between those dates that I need some extra time with. I have 36 pending from November & 44 pending from December. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q10: YA Paranormal: The logline for this is basically the same logline as most of the YA paranormal out there. This is missing that high-concept hook. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q9: YA Contemporary: The stakes for this one don't quite work for me, in that I don't believe anyone would be forced to give up a career in STEM if their parents care. Like it doesn't make sense. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q8: YA Fantasy: I'm just intrigued enough by this contemporary fantasy to see where it is headed. Full Request. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q7: YA Fantasy: These have all been really difficult, there's something about the voice here that doesn't feel right for YA, so I'm letting it go. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q6: Fantasy: This is an epic historical fantasy and a multi-generational saga and those keywords are generally not a good fit for me. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q5: Paranormal Mystery: Again this has a lot of elements I like, which makes these really tough calls. But in the end, the opening pages don't grab me in a way that makes me want to keep reading. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q4: YA Contemporary: This Gatsby retelling isn't one I'm particularly drawn to, instead of redeeming Daisy, I'm like ehhh, make it gay. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q3: Paranormal Romance: Again this had elements I like, but I am just having a hard time with the paranormal I already have on my list, I'm not really in a place where I can add more. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q2: Romance: I enjoyed the pitch quite a bit, but couldn't settle into the opening pages to really follow what was happening. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q1: YA Sci-Fi: This has a lot of elements I like, but it's over word count and I just don't have the ability to focus on reading something like this at the moment. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q10: YA Contemporary: This one has a great premise, but doesn't grab me the way the previous query did. And I have to make tough choices. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q9: YA Contemporary: This sounds really charming. It's got some sibling rivalry and some frenemies-to-lovers tropes that are right up my alley. Full Request. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q8: YA Fantasy: I just have issues with interspecies stories. None of these species are humans, but this is one thing that freaks me out. I don't know why, it just does. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q7: Urban Fantasy: Demon possession isn't enough of a conflict to sustain a whole pitch, and the lack of clear stakes or goals make this hard to connect with. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q6: Historical Romance: This has an intriguing setting but the opening pages are almost a bit too voice-y and focus too much on something so very banal that I find myself not sticking with it. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q5: Fantasy: Oh man, this is kind of loosely inspired by El Cid and I am having flashbacks to being forced to read it in Old Spanish and how much I hated this story in high school. I'm so sorry, author. It's me, not you. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q4: Historical Fiction: This is way more literary than my personal tastes account for, and also so heavy. WW2, Auschwitz, sex work, and so much trauma. I'm just not the right person for this kind of story. Pass. #tenqueries

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷
@evascalzo
Literary Agent
boricua🇵🇷, reader, feminist, ally, wife, mom, lit agent @ Speilburg Literary, AALA/AAR, RWA & SCBWI member *closed to queries* all opinions mine (she/her)
49 MSWL
371 Queries
32 Tips

Q3: Romance: This is previously published and most publishers aren't looking to publish previously published material, so I don't know what to do with this either. Pass. #tenqueries