Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q10: This author has won a ton of awards and I haven't heard of a single one of them. This author also apparently emailed every agent in publishing at once, because there must be at least 100 email addresses in the recipients bar, including several of my WH colleagues #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q9: DAMMIT! Was really, really excited about this premise (MG suspense/survival thriller), but the writing and delivery didn't work. These are the worst. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q8: Very obscure sports biography. Sports books are a hard enough sell as it is, and I don't think enough people will care about this particular figure to take a flyer on it. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q7: MG where the narrator is addressing the reader directly, complete with dialogue between narrator and reader in which we only know what the narrator is saying. I've never been a fan of this motif personally. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q6: Horror about an ancient demon. Been there, done that. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q5: WWII memoir proposal, submitted by grandchild about his grandfather. I get these a lot as well. 2 million men served in Europe during WWII. I'm sure each story is amazing, but they aren't all meant to be books. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q4: Novella. I've been getting a ton of novella submissions lately. Did I miss a meeting? Are major publishers looking for novellas now? I enjoy reading them, but have never had luck selling them. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q3: First paragraph is just a series of questions, questions that I'm guessing the book will answer. Struggled to establish, then maintain, tension, and thus lost my interest. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q2: 90K MG novel. That's about twice as long as a debut MG should be. Would be a very hard sell. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 22

Q1: The font is really, really small. Not a dealbreaker unto itself (writing not up to par on this one), but be careful of your formatting. Agents shouldn't have to do extra work to read what you wrote. #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 31

Q10: ya contemporary. Pacing was a little slow. I often felt myself skimming the sample pages. Pass #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 31

Q9: fantasy, romance. I didn’t connect with the writing. The setting wasn’t clear and the narrator was confusing. Pass. #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 29

Q7: YA fantasy. I didn’t connect with the voice and I’m not sure the premise is my cup of tea. Pass. #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 29

Q6: adult fantasy. The pages start in the middle of action, but the pacing feels slow and didn’t grab my attention. Pass #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 29

Q5: new adult. I didn’t connect with the writing. There’s a lot of exposition, but for me it just didn’t feel cohesive. Pass. #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 29

Q4: Non-fiction. I'm not really looking for non-fiction at this time. Definitely not my cup of tea. Pass #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 29

Q3; Adult fiction (?). The query didn't really talk about the novel, but mentioned other books by the author. The story goes right into action/plot, which didn't grab my attention. Pass #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 29

Q2: YA Epic (fantasy?). Just from the synopsis I can tell that this isn't my cup of tea. The opening pages had a lot telling v showing, and were confusing. Pass. #tenqueries

Jordy Albert @bluedragonfly81 · Jan 29

Q1: Historical Fiction. Please be sure to always check submission guidelines. We do not open any documents unless requested.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Jan 18

Q10: Thriller. Main character is a journalist. Good, but not spectacular, which it would need to be to find a place on the shelf next to all the other thrillers with journalist protags. Pass. #tenqueries