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ROUND 2 of #RevPit #10Queries!

Same key:

YA: Young adult
NA: New adult

C: Contemporary
SFF: Science fiction/fantasy
R: Romance
QL11: YA SFF: Love that we get the stakes set up right away. The query format is off, making it hard to read though! No indents and make sure there are spaces between the paragraphs. #RevPit #10Queries
P11: Great first line! Love that the worldbuilding is linked directly to what the MC notices and how she interacts with the world around her. A lot of summary. Iโ€™d like to be immersed in the scene and have the backstory woven in. #RevPit #10Queries
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Welcome to my final #RevPit #10Queries for this contest! First, a summary of my submission age categories & genres, a guide to abbreviations, then some general observations.
My abbreviations:

MG=Middle Grade
YA=Young Adult

๐Ÿ’–=Romance
๐Ÿ“†=Contemporary
โณ=Historical
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€โ€=Mystery
๐Ÿ˜ฑ=Thriller/Horror

Q=Query
M=Manuscript

#RevPit #10Queries
I will not indicate whether I would/would not request because I had too many that I wanted to request and canโ€™t have them all. Instead, Iโ€™m giving tips on what I like and what could be improved. #RevPit #10Queries
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Itโ€™s #RevPit #10Queries time!

What even is #10Queries?

Notes on my submissions! With the intention to provide advice for all writers. And, unfortunately, at this time, I canโ€™t guarantee additional feedback to these entrants. I will try, though!
Key:

YA: Young adult
NA: New adult

C: Contemporary
SFF: Science fiction/fantasy
R: Romance

(PS I condensed the genres, a whole lottt!)

#RevPit #10Queries
I wonโ€™t be sharing whether or not Iโ€™d request today. I want them alllllll. But Iโ€™ll be sharing my thoughts and ways they can improve.

#RevPit #10Queries
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I've got a full glass of decaf iced tea and I am about to start my #RevPit #10Queries session. Doing this at my standing desk today. Ready???
First, a summary of my submission age categories & genres, a guide to abbreviations, then some general observations. #RevPit #10Queries

MG=Middle Grade
YA=Young Adult
My abbreviations for genre:

๐Ÿ’–=Romance
๐Ÿ“†=Contemporary
โณ=Historical
๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€โ€=Mystery
๐Ÿ˜ฑ=Thriller/Horror
Q=Query
M=Manuscript pages

#RevPit #10Queries
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Alright fam. It's Thursday, and it's time for another #RevPit thread. On the back of yesterday's #10queries , I think it's time to discuss the query itself #amquerying #writingtips (1
You have 4 seconds. That's about the length of time to read a text message. In those 4 seconds, you need to hook the agent. Why? I timed myself reading subs for #Revpit to get the calculation right. It took, on average, 10 minutes for me to read the query, then pages (2
That's 17 hours to read 100 subs. Agents can receive on avg 50-100 queries PER DAY. Think about that. The query should take time to write and perfect. It's the single most important document you'll ever compose when it comes to trying to sell an agent on the idea of your mss (3
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Woohoo! It's time for the first of my #RevPit #10Queries!!

What is it? Non-specific notes on my submissions, with hopefully helpful advice to help ALL writers. At this time, I can't guarantee feedback to these entrants, but I sure will try!
The key:
A: Adult
YA: Young Adult
MG: Middle Grade
#RevPit #10Queries
Genre Key:
HF: Hist Fiction
H: Horror
T: Thriller
F: Fantasy
HR: Historical Romance
SF: Sci-fi
#RevPit #10Queries
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I've reached the point during #RevPit where I get really down and out. For those who don't know, I'm not only a Developmental Editor, but I'm also an author, and I've been on the other side of contests more often than not. A thread. (1
Until #RevPit the idea of subjectivity didn't quite sink in. The daunting task of reading really great queries, and incredible pages...it takes a toll. Like, how am I supposed to only pick one?? At least agents can request as many awesome manuscripts as they like! (2
@KyraMNelson bared her soul on this the other day, and you can read her thread here (3:

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It was March of 2014. Our son was 7 months old, and what was meant to be a happy occasion--the first time my extended family met our miracle boy--was marred by the passing of my beloved grandfather 3 months prior. I hadn't been able to make it home for the funeral #RevPit (1
The trip itself was grand--going house-to-house, eating scones, filling up on tea at every stop, and visiting graves (as a culture, we have an interesting relationship with death). Trips home for me are never relaxing. They're excitement, then sadness, mixed with jetlag (2
And to make it worse, the return flight from Shannon used to always be at 9:05am (thanks United), which meant we always had to be at the airport at 6 for check-in...which meant rising at 5...and the long tearful goodbye that no one should have to do before coffee (3
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I love helping authors dig into their characters' internal, external, and unknown desires because these all influence every aspect of the story. If you don't know what your MC wants, how will you know if they achieve it? #RevPit #AskEditor
Underneath all those desires is a lack, or an emotional wound. Figure out the emotional wound and you'll know what they lack, which drives the unknown desire. Everything is built on that. #RevPit #AskEditor
The lack also fuels the stakes. If the MC doesn't achieve the internal desire, then the lack is not fulfilled, the emotional wound can't heal. #RevPit #AskEditor
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I want to start off the #RevPit #10Queries with an explanation for those new to it. Authors entered a raffle and were drawn at random to send in their query letter and first 5 pages. 20 pro editors read the subs and wrote feedback on them. Today, we are tweeting that feedback...
...but it's anonymous. That way, it can help any author to see what works and what doesn't in these materials. #RevPit has done several of #10Queries events in the past, and we hear each time how helpful it is for #AmQuerying authors, even if they didn't enter.
So, buckle up. I'll post 2 tweets for each sub--1 for the query, 1 for the pages. I'll be around afterward to answer questions and give some general feedback and advice on these materials. Check the #RevPit #10Queries feed all day for some amazing #WritingAdvice
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It's time for my #RevPit #10Queries! Get ready for a very long thread where I analyze 10 anonymous queries and 1st 5 pages. They were all great in their own way, but they all could grow and be slightly more polished. However, I want to read them ALL! Hurry and get pubbed!
Q1: YA Scifi, Very interesting concept, but falls a little flat at times with over explaining the plot. Try to use more gripping words and show more personality in the query. Great hook at the end, but could use more of that mystery up front. #RevPit #10Queries
P1: Too much of a play by play. Show us what's important, not every action. Careful w/ flashbacks, they are info-dumps. Let us learn info as we move through plot w/ the MC. 3rd person present is tough POV, feels like you want 1st but didn't for some reason. #RevPit #10Queries
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My turn for #RevPit #10Queries! First, a summary of my submission age categories & genres, a guide to abbreviations, then some general observations.

MG=Middle Grade
YA=Young Adult
A=Adult
I received:
1 MG SFF
1 YA Dys
3 YA SFF
1 A Dystopian
1 A Mystery
3 A SFF

SFF = Science Fiction/Fantasy, and I categorized the MS that way if it was either/or.
Dys=dystopian

#RevPit #10Queries
Now for observations that I noticed across the board. Always follow submission instructions. Donโ€™t give editors/agents an excuse to reject based on technicalities. If you submit to our annual #RevPit event, this WILL count against you. #10Queries
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For those new to #10Queries, these are anonymous tweets that don't give away whose query it is. This way, we can give advice that will help lots of #AmQuerying writers. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask! #RevPit
Q1 Digging the dark premise and antihero, but it's hard to find the plot. What actually happens? You're trying too hard to sell the reader. My best advice: Write more simply. Focus more on plot & stakes. Don't try so hard to make it sound like a movie trailer #RevPit #10Queries
P1 โ˜‘๏ธ Starts in scene with MC. 1st sentence has great hook, gets reader asking Qs. But it feels like you're trying to get too much in. 1st 2 pgs needs more orientation. After that, voice shifts--feels like a different character. Simplify & limit * transitions #RevPit #10Queries
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