While I do not like posting somebody’s work without proper attribution, this is just too good to pass up.
But first a note: My studio is a busy place. Not always busy in action, but always busy in papers, books, notes and the like. For over a year now I’ve had two sheets of paper clipped to a file cabinet. I vaguely remember them being insightful, and a little scary, but I do not remember how they got there. Today while looking for post material, I just happened to glance at these pages. The first page, and most of the second page are all the reasons why an agent would pass by a manuscript. At the bottom of the second page I found 8 reasons said agent would like the work. It is these that I want to share with you:
- Good opening line.
- There was something going on beyond just the surface action.
- A non-average protagonist in a situation you would not expect.
- Action scenes that feel like they are happening in real time.
- The author made a point and moved on.
- The voice is strong and easy to relate to.
- Suspense seemed inherent to the story, not just how it was told.
- The scene was emotionally engaging.
If I can find where these came from I will attribute them properly, but in the meantime… I find these useful, and hope you do too!