What I’ve seen in the last 2 weeks and why I passed:
4 Full Manuscripts (2 with offers of rep on the table)
1 – New Adult/wm’s fic. Recommended by a former editor we know well and like. I totally enjoyed the writing but for me, the story didn’t have a foot solidly in one genre or the other. I didn’t have the vision/passion for it so I passed.
2 – Wm’s fic/erotic leaning. Probably one of the more interesting concepts for a story that I’ve seen in a long time. What was interesting is the writing was quite literary but if I were to explain the plot, it would feel like contemporary romance. I went back and forth on that one as so intriguing. I did end up passing despite how smartly it was done.
3 – Middle Grade. Great great concept. But I had reservations that the voice didn’t quite nail the middle grade age range and although cool, a lot of the story felt too sophisticated but not exactly right for YA either.
4 – Middle Grade. Multicultural main character which I love. Great MG voice. Story line needed some work and with my current work load, I was afraid I couldn’t give the author the attention deserved.
5 Sample Pages
1 – Adult literary. Too literary for what I can be successful with. But terrific writing and a wonderful multicultural story.
2 – Young adult. Previously published author with great background. Fun paranormal. Snappy writing. I liked it but didn’t love it.
3 – Adult steampunk. Author had very cool background and the writing was nice but the opening didn’t grab me.
4 – Adult literary. Same as the other above. Too literary for what I tend to have success with. Wonderful multicultural angle though.
5 – Contemporary romance. Previously published author with great backlist and background. I liked it but didn’t love it. With a full client list, it makes a difference on what I’ll take on.