When you send a query submission to About Words Agency, you receive a query reply form in return, much more than just the standard "yes or no" reply that you may or may not even get from another agency.
Here is an explanation of the fiction query reply form, which necessarily is quite brief, as it is also free of charge or obligation of any kind.
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Thank you for your submission. Your query indicates your book, although interesting, is not ready yet. Here are some things you may want to look at while revising:
□ Mechanics (format / grammar / spelling)
□ Focus (rambles, doesn’t stay on plot)
□ Needs editing - see (list of books below) and/or find a supportive critique group and/or hire an independent editor. Free writer’s resources and advice compiled by us is available online at: http://writers.aboutwords.org
We have personally reviewed and highly recommend the following writing reference books:
The Elements of Style, by Strunk, et al (the original and still best on grammar & punctuation)
Writing Creative Nonfiction, by Theodore Cheney (the best for memoirs & bios)
Children's Writer's Word Book, by Alijandra Mogilner (important for age appropriate vocabulary)