[ETA: I started this post ages ago and wow, the Thanksgiving holiday did delay things! I'm finishing it up now and look for week #4 later this week.]
It's a double combo week here, due to me being sick last week and the Thanksgiving holiday coming up this week. So what fun! Ten queries and ten partials! Let's get to it, shall we?
- This query is decently written, but nothing about the fantasy plot grabs me. Oh, and add in the fact that the word count for the novel is over 140,000 words by quite a bit... and it's an automatic pass for me. Shorter is better!
- This query is nicely written, but the novel is a strange amalgamation of vampires and science fiction. I'm not buying the author's plot, so I'm passing on it.
- This query is for a novel whose plot makes absolutely no sense to me. I'm passing on it.
- Once again, another query letter where the plot makes no sense. Passing again.
- This query is a generic historical romance plot. Nothing excites me about it at all; I'm passing.
- This query is something YA, but once again, I don't get the plot at all. If you're going to write a novel, please have a plot that makes sense.
- This query is for a fantasy novel; it appeals to me because it seems like the author is melding a number of different cultures, and it could be an interesting read. That said, the synopsis makes me skeptical of the plot, but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt, since synopses are notoriously hard to write. I'm asking for this one.
- Occasionally, you get queries that just floor you. This one is from someone who's married to a famous Japanese TV personality and has connections to Johnny Depp. I will say no more, except that I'm incredibly flattered to get this letter, and of course, I'm asking for more. =)
- This query is for a science fiction romance; I'm not too sure how well it fits into either genre, but I'm intrigued enough to give it a look. I'm asking for it.
- This query just isn't right for me. I'm passing.
- This is a middle-grade fantasy, involving Ireland and ships. There's nothing wrong with the writing, per se, but it's just not grabbing me in the way that a "sellable" novel will. I stopped reading on page four; I'm passing on it.
- This is a fantasy novel that suffers from what I like to call "adjectivitis"; an excess of adjectives that completely detract from the narrative. I stopped reading on page one; I'm passing.