letters from the query wars 2.25.11

# of queries responded to this week: 203
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 2
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: science fiction (1); YA-fantasy (1)

* If my submission guidelines say to send the first five pages and a synopsis (which they do), then it’s not “taking a liberty” to include them….. (Sending me a full manuscript unsolicited is.)

* Two weeks in a row now that a novel that violates someone’s copyright has been submitted. Explaining this in a query response feels incredibly awkward.

* Finishing a novel at any age is amazing. At the age of 12, it’s mightily impressive. I’m also impressed when the query is professional and follows my guidelines. Keep your passion strong. This might not be the right first novel. Don’t let it be your last.

3 responses to “letters from the query wars 2.25.11

  1. 12? Wow! Wish I’d started then!

  2. An honest and professional effort at 12 is definitely commendable.

  3. Holy crow! 12?! And following your guidelines too?
    Definitely impressive.

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