This week’s query count came in at 98(!) — 33 unsolicited packages and 65 letters. I also got a couple of solicited packages to add to the pile of manuscripts to be read. (This does not count those people who refuse to understand that when my guidelines say I don’t respond to email queries, that I mean them. *wry smile*)
Meanwhile…. over on this thread, bgliterary asked me: can you elaborate on what you look for in a query letter? I imagine publication credits certainly, and an intriguing brief synopsis of some sort…but what is it that tells you that this manuscript is worth requesting? I know this isn’t an easy fill-in-the blank answer, but I would love to hear your thoughts.
And last week, Tempest (whom I want to say I met at Torcon? and is hooked up with those OWW people, I believe) had asked me if I’d be willing to do something of that sort for her site: For Writers. I replied in the affirmative today, so over the weekend, I’m going to try and sit down and quantify it. If anyone has any comments to add or ideas they want me to consider as I go at it, feel free to offer them up….
Addendum: To the writers out there… Out of curiousity — since I’m thinking both about what I want in a query (half-full) and why I reject things most often (half-empty), what is the most frustrating rejection you’ve ever gotten, and why?