Some of you were pretty skeptical of my reading speed!
John Davis Frain guessed 1
Steve Forti guessed 6
Lisa Bodenheim guessed 7
AJ Blythe guessed 8Some of you were pretty skeptical of my need for sleep, food, or water!
Sharyn Ekbergh, Melanie Sue Bowles and Karen McCoy all guessed 9
lamandarin guessed 42
Jennifer R. Donohue guessed 48
Amy Johnson thinks I'm the Tasmanian Devil Reader: 104!!!
Here are the ones closes to the correct number:
22 Dahcee Sahaydak
22 Kate Larkindale
27 Megan V
28 Peggy Larkin
Jen was right on the money, it was 26.
30 MB Owen
30 Sam Mills
Then I looked at the more difficult category: the most common phrase.
It's very clear a lot of you have gotten enough form letters to recognize them
Cecilia Ortiz Luna There is a lot to like about your ms, however
Adele Thank you for sending me your work, however
Sharyn Ekbergh Some great writing here, but
RosannaM There is a lot to like about your work, but
Charlogo Just one agent's opinion
Jeannette Leopold Not quite right for me
Jennifer R. Donohue Thank you very much for the opportunity to review your manuscript, Regretfully
Jen "not what I'm looking for at at this time"
Dena Pawling Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to consider your work
Joseph Snoe I have to pass
Barbara Ellis not quite right for my list. However writing is subjective and I'm sure another agent will feel differently
Kate Larkindale While there's is a lot to love about this manuscript, I'm afraid
Some of you took the criteria literally
C.M. Monson Best of luck
Sam Hawke Very best wishes to you
AJ Blythe Regards, Janet Reid
Sam Mills Good Luck
Beth Carpenter Best of luck
Sherin Nicole I finished
Colin Smith Dear/Not right for me
April not a good fit
Some of you channeled the Hopes of All Writers
Amy Johnson (she of the 104!) love, love, love it
Craig F rewrite and resubmit
CynthiaMc I can sell this book!
Timothy Lowe I love this
And the best of the Optimist lot is Claire Bobrow's
If you have not yet found representation, I would be happy to discuss your project further. Would sometime next week be convenient for a telephone call
Some of you were pretty darn hilarious (no surprise there!)
BrendaLynn Have you any salt?
John Davis Frain This is how I define unputdownable. This is also how I define markupable
And of course, the all time prompt word wrangle champion Steve Forti:
They don't think it be like this but it dowhich is not something Marlo Stanfield says in The Wire, but should be.
I didn't express myself well enough on the blog post. What I was looking for was a word or phrase I used during this particular reading retreat, one I didn't use regularly.
Some of you intuited that was what I was looking for:
Curt David Please forgiveBut no one actually got it quite right: "I apologize for the unconscionable amount of time it's taken me to reply to your email of (date.)
Sherry Howard I'm so sorry to have kept you waiting so long
Megan V Thanks for/your patience/writing to me about your work/sending me your tears, they were delicious (JR: ok, 3 out of 4 here!)
Peggy Larkin I'm sorry for the long delay in my response (but I'm sure you've enjoyed a lot of exercise on your hamster wheel in the interim ) (JR:not the parenthetical, even if I thought it!)
Megan V and Peggy Larkin and Jen all came close enough in both mss count and common phrases that I think we need three winners today!
If all y'all will email me with your mailing address, I'll get a copy of Jeff Somers' Writing Without Rules out to you you. If you already have a copy, we can pick another book!
Thanks to all of you who weighed in on the question! Reading these made a nice transition back to the real world, and, sadly, leaving Intern Ty my fuzzy friend.