# of queries read this week: 127
# of partial manuscripts requested: 2
genres of partial manuscripts requested: thriller (1), not sure (1)
Things that completely did not work for me in query sample pages – (1) beginning the novel with a very messy birth scene, (2) beginning the novel with the protagonist sitting on the toilet.
Also, I don’t understand people who send and re-send the same EXACT query over and over, sometimes only days apart. I really don’t. Yes, to some extent my decisions are subjective, but I wouldn’t describe them as mercurial so I’m unlikely to change my mind in that time period.
As an aside, I feel somewhat pestered when it’s only been 5 days and I get the query resubmitted — two of those days being over the weekend, and our guidelines stating a two-three week response time. I do read everything. Please be patient.
Please check your spam filters or whitelist agents when submitting. When someone sends new information on the 29th regarding their query sent the 11th and states they have not heard from me when I responded on the 18th, I’m guessing it’s hotmail that’s at fault, not me.
A helpful defintion: A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. While there is some disagreement of what length defines a novella, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers define the novella in the Nebula Awards as having a word count between 17,500 and 40,000. — It’s not that I don’t read novellas (I am, in fact, currently enjoying Ted Chiang’s collection which includes more than one.) But, as our guidelines state, DMLA only represents novel-length fiction (though occasionally we will assist current clients with shorter works). If you describe your 26K story as a novel, it’s unlikely to be considered as such. [Note: this pertains to adult fiction, not YA.]