A Message from Kristin Nelson
What's Happening in the Query Inbox?
This is a topic I haven’t tackled in ages. What are we seeing in the query inbox and why are we passing?
Historical novels centered around race, inspired by real events but entirely fictionalized. With the recent success of 12 Years A Slave, this isn’t a big surprise, but I’m still looking for that unique spin on history that sheds a new light on our world today.
Women’s fiction about women reinventing themselves after divorce. This concept is tough. We see dozens of queries a week for this type of premise. It’s going to need some other hook to grab my interest.
Comedic vampire YA novels. Actually I would be open to this, but if it’s a comedic novel, I kind of expect the query to have the same tone or voice to grab me.
SF with a ticking-clock element of rescuing someone. This is a really common SF trope in stories, so this in and of itself isn’t bad, but it will be generic if there isn’t some other unique element to make the story stand out as a must-read.
Adult Steampunk. Since I rep Gail Carriger, any Steampunk queries are going to need a really unique spin to capture my interest.
YA dystopian. Oy! This horse might be dead. It’s going to be too hard to shop it in New York, so even if I loved the story idea in general, I’m passing.
What grabbed my interest? Two middle-grade novels really cool and interesting worlds and an SF project from an author who also has a successful background in screenwriting.