About two weeks ago, I asked for your help on writing a description of what I'm looking for. I needed it for an event on the 20th and again for the BEA Pitch Slam on the 27th.
You rose to the occasion!
Many of you offered up comments on the blog post, and more offered up direct emails. A lot of them were hysterically funny and most of them were pretty darn accurate.
I couldn't choose just one, so I figured I'd triangulate on the target and use three. Here they are in no particular order:
I’m interested in all kinds of crime novels.
I look for vivid writing, brisk pace, an element of humor -sardonic or otherwise, and characters who surprise me.
In non-fiction I lean toward history, science, biography, death penalty issues, modern and contemporary art; contemporary music.
But honestly, query me on anything. I’d rather see something and say no, than miss something fabulous. (contributed by Dylan)
In fiction I specialize in mysteries and thrillers, but am also looking for: off-beat stories, cowgirl lit, and anything with a compelling plot. I’m a sucker for flawed heroes. In non-fiction I like exposes of the criminal justice system and memoirs about vanishing ways of life. All of the above are just preferences, not iron-clad rules. What I am looking for, above all, is a story I can’t put down. (contributed by Caroline)
I want to see strong, well-crafted stories that take me to a darker, grittier place. If it's got crime, I'll see it, fiction or non. I don't walk the well travelled road, so show me the other path, be it quirky or just downright strange. I also want to see a fabulous, literary love story. They never go out of style. (last paragraph of the comment contributed by Jim)
So, if yours was selected I owe you a prize! Of course it's a book but I have several here and you'll get to choose! Email me and we'll talk.
And thanks to all of you who took up the challenge! It was really interesting to read what you wrote!!