Start time: 9:43pm
Starting number of queries: 36
The really easy and fast ones:
Word count so off base it didn't make it into the TBR folder: 3
Duplicate query of one already received/responded: 1
Instant rejection-fiction novel: 2
all of those took about a minute total
These were also easy but I read them before knowing they were auto-rejections:
Books I don't take on-previously published, sex abuse, etc.: 3
The ones I actually read:
Derivative ideas/concepts: 1
Jarring juxtaposition of gruesome plot and sprightly diction: 1
No interest in reading this book: 4
(the definitive "not right for me")
Bad writing: 4
Not compelling: 6
No clue what the book is about after reading the query: 6
Misc (reasons too specific to the query to blog about): 2
And the good news:
Queries set aside for further reading: 1
Queries pending answer to a question: 1
And the really good news:
Fulls requested: 1
Finish time including writing this blog post: 10:29pm
You'll notice the pattern emerging here, right?
I do a bunch of them all at one time.
I'm reading pretty quickly.
You have to catch my attention in the query letter.
You have to know the parameters: word count, fiction novel etc.
And it really really helps if you actually tell me what the book is about.