I'm getting a little (well, ok, a LOT) impatient with writers who can't seem to tell me what their book is about. I get lists of characters, descriptions of setting and events, but nothing about choices/conflict/decisions.
I'm not sure if this is a trend, or it was just a bad couple of days but there were a LOT of them tonight.
Started at 10 pm with 68 queries:
Query letter missing too much plot: 21
Not enticing: 12
Nothing fresh or original: 8
Not right for me but someone else will snag happily: 6
Writer clearly uninformed about genre or category s/he intends to write in: 3
No platform (non-fiction queries only): 2
Just plain old bad writing: 4
I don't think I can sell books in this category: 4
Overwritten (probably should be included in bad writing): 1
Unable to suspend disbelief (also bad writing): 1
Writer is a crackpot: 2
Topics I really loathe: 2
Queries set aside to read more closely: 2