And yes, I have one of my own fateful mistakes in here, so please don't laugh when you read it. My questions/thoughts are in bolded. Eric Ruben's answers are in BLUE. These were taken straight from Twitter #askagent #tenqueries
What about historical fantasy? Is that too much genre? Actually, time traveling
What do you consider good? Plot? Characters? Voice? Uniqueness and originality? Thank you for answering my questions.
To which the answer was simply: Yes.
What makes a manuscript unique?
By definition, I've never seen anything like it before.
What makes a manuscript stand out to you?
When the writing is so good it's transparent and lets me get sucked into a great story. That's all.
And yes, my friends. I did the most embarrassing thing. I spelled his name wrong. I've written his name how many times? and in my excitement, I SPELLED HIS NAME WRONG. SHEESH, WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? WANT PROOF? Here is is:
To which, he MT to: MT
@TalynnL: @RubenAgency is answering your ques. & discussing queries. I'm so excited I'm trembling. Awesome advice! #askagent #tenqueries
I was mortified. Yes. Utterly mortified. Do I read my own advice in my blog posts? How could I do something so stupid? I promptly apologized:
His gracious reply:
@TalynnL It happens a lot. No worries.
*Palm on face. Head on desk*
And for a tad bit of humor: Is there something you would really *love* to see in your inbox?
His answer: A yes from an editor. And a great story well told. No pics that will get me in trouble
Now, for the serious stuff. The query letters. Here is what he had to say about 10 queries in his slush pile. Read this, and take notes. Please! It's great advice for every WIP
#1 A historical romance at 147k, which was 50% too long, needed much editing, had a prologue and it was overwritten.
#2 A YA that wasn't bad, but in a crowded genre, it wasn't his type.
#3 A fantasy with an interesting idea, but too much exposition.
#4 A paranormal thriller that's been done too many times already, in a much better way.
#5 A romantic comedy with a heroine that was unlikable.
#6 A thriller that was so unbelievable it couldn't even pass for fiction.
#7 A paranormal about vampires in a too crowded genre.
#8 A YA paranormal mystery with writing that didn't grab attention.
#9 Fantasy starting with dialogue that did not move the story forward, even though it wasn't bad.
#10 A paranormal romance with lots of drama but no plot to carry the drama and no originality.
What about you? Any thing you've learned to help a WIP? Especially an Inked WIP