Why I Say No
A quick off-the-cuff list of reasons I’ve said no to projects–not queries but projects:
- Great concept, writing didn’t follow through (usually these are things where the person did not include ten-ish pages of writing as requested in my sub guidelines–usually I wouldn’t have requested otherwise)
- Concept had potential, execution wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t how I thought it would be (this happens all the time and is the source of that frustrating, “but you said you WANTED vampire books!” Yes, but it wasn’t quite what I hoped and didn’t win me over).
- As I read it, no editor names came to mind as people I just had to share this with
- Writing technically proficient, story too familiar/not fresh feeling
- Solid project, didn’t make me jump for joy, know it will make someone else really happy
- Solid project, too similar to something one of the existing clients is brewing up
- Solid project, but didn’t totally slay me, in a genre where I have lots cooking and am less likely to take on a new author
If you’ll notice, maybe two of those are you. The rest? It’s not you, it’s really me. Just a quick reminder not to get discouraged if you’re looking for that right match. And a killer ms blazes right through all of these.
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