I'm deep in the slush today.
Writing conference season is in full swing and for some reason people like me at these things despite my best efforts to appear cold, cruel, and terrifying. I think Killer Yapp makes them think I'm nice. Time for him to stay home more often.
Just to show that all my barking about stuff can be overcome by the right project, today a delicious tantalizing treat showed up. Historical fiction. Blah, I normally say, cause I'm sick to death of maidens at risk from big bad sea captains or sea captains at risk from Virgin Queens, and if no one ever says "court of Louis Canz" again, I'll be fine.
So this query comes in and it's about an era I'm interested in (discretion prevails here so I won't be specific). And I think to myself, I don't think I've seen a novel about this era before. Lo, a search of Amazon, Google, NYPL and everyplace else I can think of confirms this.
Now, get this: the author lives in some far flung port that is NOT the US. Remember how I crabbed about THAT!
Well, I'm hooked, I asked for pages. I'm praying this guy can write cause right now, he's got my attention.
Just goes to show, I'm NOT kidding when I say "fresh and new" will get my attention, and "good writing trumps all".
There's a lot of road between here and an offer, but Im reading his pages and that is more than can be said for 95 of the other queries i've gotten this week.