I love doing this. I just love it so much I might have to keep it going. I have a feeling it can't last forever but it sure is great now.
I really admire and respect that for all five rounds of this I've not yet had one person write back to tell me to stuff it. I know it's part of the deal, but some of you are getting responses that are damn direct, and not what you hoped to hear. It's to your credit that you don't reply in that first burst of anger and hurt. Thank you!
One of the other things I really love is that the conversations often turn to completely off-the-topic-of-the-query. For example tonight I talked with writers about:
mountain bike gears
The Waffle House
My first apartment in New York
italics in queries (DO NOT DO THIS)
and this was a light night. Labor Day weekend accounted for some of that I'm sure.
Here's the run down:
26 total queries
writing not ready for publication: 2
(these are the hardest emails to write.)
no plot: 6
antagonist sounded boring: 1
not my thing: 15
--too Indiana Jones; 1
--refer on: 1
--women's fiction: 3
--paranormal romance: 1
--connected short stories: 1
--too dark: 2
needs work: 1
query one agent here at a time (even with different projects: 1
No requests for fulls tonight. :((
Questions? complaints? Suggestions?