Query Round-up 2/18
Here’s a quick query round-up for those who find them helpful.
Queries Read: 134 (light week but lots of great projects!)
Romantic Suspense – great concept, loved the writing
YA Fantasy – sounds really different and unique and the voice grabbed me immediately
YA Paranormal – it’s about time for paranormal to come back, right?
Literary MG – was instantly in love with the voice
Passed to NL colleague: 6
YA Paranormal Fantasy with great writing, great comps and great opening (too similar to something I recently sold)
Contemporary YA – great writing and solid concept, but a little too musical/dance/theater for me (context: I hated Glee)
Literary coming of age novel – not right for me but great concept
YA contemporary – loved the writing but too similar to something on my list
Non-fiction – not for me, but the author seems to have an interesting platform
Historical fiction – really interesting story, great writing, a bit too similar in themes to something I’m working on
Regretfully Passed: 2
MG - enjoyed the voice, read all the pages, but was worried the concept didn’t quite stand out enough
Historical YA - great query, but didn’t love the pages
Literary distopic fiction – great query, but no pages; I asked to see the first 5-10 pages
YA fantasy – good engaging writing, but voice and concept felt more suited to MG in my opinion
Adult fantasy – loved the query but just didn’t get sucked into the pages, would love to see this revised
If you’re writing fiction, go ahead and write your bio, rather than just linking to your website. I know it’s going to sound lazy of us agents, but giving us extra work to do isn’t going to necessarily help your case. (If you’re an illustrator, linking to your portfolio is fine).
Still seeing a lot of YA fantasy and adult fantasy
Highest word count: 155k YA romance
Lowest word count: 17k comedic fiction (adult)