I’ve just started working for Dark Quest Books (well, sans paycheck, but still…) reading slush. They primarily handle horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. They got their start through roleplaying manuals.
So far, I’ve rejected three and requested one partial. I’m reading over the first three chapters of another one, that so far is leaning toward rejection, sorry to say. I have five other “samples” to fill out as a sort of test (like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped), and I already have a second volley to comb through in my inbox.
Well, it truly is sort of intimidating when the shoe is on the other foot. You definitely want to be fair. Furthermore, as a fellow author, I really want to accept each of them (well, ok, not that one guy, but that’s a given. That story is just . . . *shudders*) Twittering around, I’ve met a lot of very nice people who handle queries. Many of them, however, are quick to snark on one issue or another. I’m not sure how I take that. If it’s in good fun, that’s one thing, but otherwise, it’s the equivalent of a coach making fun of a player who really is trying.
I didn’t start this to get on a soapbox, I only wanted to say this: That person could be me. And, that person could be rejected by me. It’s very humbling.
Either way, my goal is to learn as much through this and any other avenues I pursue. I get to continue to network, see what to do and what not to do in a query, and who knows . . .
Maybe I’ll see your query come through my inbox.