Amy Loosemore

Thoughts from a Romance Publisher's Geek in Residence

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So tell me…Can You Handle the Truth?

newleafliterary:

Apparently I don’t hold up well under peer pressure….

It’s August, I am about to head out for vacation, and I’m excited to come back in September and finish 2014 with a bang.

So you asked for it: Can you handle the truth?

What am I talking about?

I always hear from writers that they want to know what an agent is really thinking when they click to send a form rejection.

If you fall into that category, this is your chance.

When I’m back from vacation, I will respond to the queries I receive in complete honesty. I will either request your manuscript or I will pass and tell you exactly why.

No form rejection.

Now, this isn’t a critique. Please don’t expect that. I would never again see the light of day.

This is just an honest response to your query, but if you’ve been getting a lot of form rejections, this might tell you why. (hopefully it’ll be at least a little helpful?)

You may see something as simple as “Not bad, but just not for me.” or “I don’t represent legal thrillers.” or “Mermaids creep me out.” OR you may see something like “I don’t understand your plot” or “I stopped reading when you mentioned that the mailman was a vampire space zombie who has come to deliver a message of PAIN. Because come on…seriously?”

So, if you want the truth, query me for the next week (so right now until 11:59 pm EST on Saturday 8/30) and follow the directions very carefully.

Directions:

  • Queries must be submitted to Query(at)newleafliterary(dot)com. 
  • All queries entered must have this in the subject line: QUERY SUZIE - I can handle the truth
  • If it does not have this in the subject line, it will be considered a regular query only.
  • Queries must be in the body of the email. NO attachments!
  • Queries should include the first 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email below your query. 
  • One query per writer please. (Don’t think you can trick me with different email addresses either)

I will make an announcement when I have responded to all the queries. I’ll be aiming to have them all answered by Sunday 9/7.

Further Guidelines:

  • Yes, if you’ve already been rejected by me (or someone else at New Leaf) you may resubmit your query. But revise your query first. Don’t say “You already rejected me…” Treat it like you’ve never queried her before.
  • Your queries will NOT be posted on this or any other blog. I will reply to you via your e-mail, only.  (Make sure your email doesn’t require me to fill out some form to prove I’m not a spammer—I’m not going to go that above and beyond to get back to you).
  • You must treat this as an actual query process, which means you need to have a complete manuscript. If I do request your manuscript, I don’t want to find out there isn’t one!

Okay, ready go!

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Current Read: Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

I picked up Cocaine Blues when it was a free download because I really enjoy the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries TV show based on this series. The show is excellent. The book has a very retro, choppy style that feels like it could have been written in the 1920s instead of the late ’80s. At times it’s quite confusing and I rely on my memory of the show to be sure what’s happening, though there are some significant differences to Phryne’s background. I think I will stick with the show after I finish this book.

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The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher—she of the gray-green eyes and diamant garters—is tiring of polite conversations with retired colonels and dances with weak-chinned men. When the opportunity presents itself, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at becoming a lady detective in Australia. 

Immediately upon settling into Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor, Phryne finds herself embroiled in mystery. From poisoned wives and cocaine smuggling, to police corruption and rampant communism—not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse—Cocaine Blues charts a crescendo of steamy intrigue, culminating in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

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【7巻ネタバレ】死の秘宝 | 中川 (Nakagawa Besu) [pixiv

Harry Potter as an anime. 

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CAST: Top to bottom, left to right

Voldemort, Bellatrix, Draco, Narcissa, Lucius, Regulus (probably), Kreacher, Nagini, Arthur (green jacket), Molly, Charlie (blue shirt), Bill (long hair), Percy (glasses), Ginny, Fleur, Fred, George, McGonagall, Tonks (pink/purple hair), Madam Pomfrey (Professor Sprout, some other female teacher? ), Dobby, Hagrid, Ollivander (Aberforth? some other old guy?), Neville, Luna, Snape, Remus, Sirius, Lily, James, Hermione, Ron, Harry, Dumbledore. 

(via rainbowrowell)

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