Well, the first Hook
weekend of the year is behind us! We had 48 stories in the Hook Queue, and most of them received between 20 and 30 instances of feedback, ranging from 3 words (such as: "I liked it") to a few hundred.
Some interesting questions have come up:
-- Do we judge stories like this when reading? Do we give them a leeway for more than 1000 words, putting our trust in the publisher and editorial process that has gone into publishing the book?
-- Is this a true reflection on how harried editors go through their slushpile, or does the query letter play an important role? It is possible to use "Author notes" to play the part of the query letter, would this be helpful?
-- Are editors looking for a reason to stop reading or a reason to keep reading, and is there a difference?