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For anyone curious about my process when going through queries, a thread... #WritingCommunity
1. I start with the oldest (only fair).
2. Queries with spelling/grammar errors, that didn't follow instructions, or are incomplete (no description, for ex.) are rejected.
3. If an author has queried me something that I don't rep, it's usually an auto reject; however, sometimes an author will get lucky -- if they have a great query and I think it would be a good fit for another agent at @TRFNews I forward it on. #WritingCommunity
4. Sometimes a query will hit all the marks but it's just not the project for me. Writers, please don't let this get you down! When I walk into a bookstore looking for "horror," I don't walk out with every horror book they stock even though they're all (probably) great books.
5. If a query is strong and I like the first five pages, I will usually ask for the full manuscript (sometimes a partial based on a variety of factors). I then walk away for a little while. 1/2 #WritingCommunity
My intention is not to torture you poor authors waiting for a response, but I find it's a really good indicator of what I should spend my time on when I walk away and can't get a certain query out of my head. That's the ms I read first. 2/2 #WritingCommunity
6. I then read part or all of a manuscript. I sometimes read just 10 pages and end up rejecting the project. If I have a good feeling, however, I usually reach out to the author and arrange a phone call. 1/2 #WritingCommunity
During that phone call, I will give the author my honest feedback and recommended edits before offering representation. 2/2
I would like to add that queries that fall under number 2 don't get a response. If I responded to every query, I'd never have time to read the good ones.
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