A while back, somewhere in the comment trail, someone asked how many queries were essentially DOA.
I figured I'd tally my queries one of these nights and see what the number was; tonight I did:
I started at 10:52pm with 52 queries.
I had 32 left at 11:19
I was finished responding at 11:48.
So, roughly an hour to read 52 queries. Truthfully, that's a bit slow, in part because I was thinking of why I was saying no, and partly because I had to write up the tally sheet and record the decisions. I think I'd normally have finished in about half the time.
Herewith the results:
Here's the category you'll never be in since you read this blog:
Not from author/deleted with no response: 2
Here are the reasons for the other rejections:
Bad, bad writing: 2
Interesting idea, tepid opening, tepid writing: 1
can't sell this kind of book to save my sorry ass: 1 (non form rejection)
pages sent as attachment, not enough in query to interest me to have writer resend: 1
writers with VERY odd ideas of what makes a good kid's book: 1
authors trying so hard to be clever they are incomprehensible: 2
too busy describing the novel to tell me about the story: 2
great concept, wanted to love it, writing didn't hold up: 3
misused words: 3
not enough about the book in the query to interest me; first page not compelling: 4
unbelievable premise: 4
what the hell is this author thinking: 5
a complete and utter cluelessness about category s/he proposes to write in: 5
I have no interest in reading a book like this whatsoever: 6
And the most common reason I said no:
Boring, derivative idea: 9
The good news is:
fulls requested: 2