Dear Miss Snark,
I'm a relatively new addition to the devotion of Snarklings but that does not diminish my love and respect for you and your work on our behalf.
Upon request I sent a partial to a well respected agent I'd met at a writer's conference. Having read your blog and its archives, I included the query, approximately 50 pages, a synopsis and a SASE. Since I followed the guidelines I got a reply, promptly. Wow! and Hooray!
Here's in part how it reads " While I really liked your writing, I'm afraid that I didn't find quite enough energy in the storytelling." Please Miss Snark, would you translate what "enough energy" means? 'cuz I haven't got a clue and could really use one.
ds (devoted snarkling)
bland, uninteresting or cliched characters.
pointless plots, or no discernible plot.
This writing stuff is harder than it looks!