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Okay, so I'm going to offer a NO HOLDS BARRED query offer here. This is NOT for the faint of heart, so if you're a delicate flower, I would sincerely ask you to sit this one out. However, if you are gutsy, have a metal-spine, and don't mind some seriously honest feedback...read on...
There are lots of pitch workshops, lots of query critiques, and lots of advice on the Internet for aspiring writers on how to hook an agent or editor. I've partaken in plenty of these too, and they are super useful. However, sometimes it's good to know simply - does my query work or not? Would you pass on it or give it a shot?
DISCLAIMER: I am but ONE person with ONE opinion. This is a subjective business. I have worked with two agencies, primarily working through the inbox and incoming submissions, but also working on full manuscripts and edits. I partake in contests such as Pitch Madness and Pitch Wars as a host or co-host, and I am used to seeing plenty of things come through the slush pile. But again, I am A SUBJECTIVE OPINION.
So what does all that have to do with you?
Simple. You post your query and first 250 words. I will give you a straight up - yes, I'd pass it to the agent. No, I wouldn't. Or a "Let me think this over, as it's almost there but I don't quite want to reject yet". Those last ones are the ones that take me the longest to reply to, btw. I will even tell you why or why not I'd pass or take the sub further.
Please, please remember this is totally subjective and from an agent intern (not an agent), but I do have a pretty good vibe of what the agents look for. Also, I will reiterate - only go ahead if you can handle 100% honest.
Alright then - see you in the comments!!
Friday, 21 March 2014
Agent Insider on Queries...
Fiona McLaren is a displaced Scot living on the sunny island of Cyprus. She's an author, scriptwriter, and editor. She works alongside Cornerstones Literary Consultancy U.S., and also takes on freelance editorial work. The most important things in her life are her boys, her family, and her partner...and lots and lots of books! She's represented by the wonderful literary agent Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon Associates.