VOICE: I start reading your manuscipt and I feel like I can see and feel what is happening in front of me.
It’s as if you are sitting across the table, I lean forward, I don’t want you to ever stop talking. Send me that book!
(1)Take me to a place I may have been –but never seen in the way you are showing it to me.
(2) Take me to a place I’ve NEVER been and make me want to be with you there–or scare me from there with a vengeance.
FAMILY: Let me meet the family you’ve created and allow me to get involved with multiple relatives because they are so unique in voice,character or behavior.
SUSPENSE: Put me on the edge of my seat; leave me dangling at the end of a chapter…and most of all–make me curse you for keeping me up all night!
ELEGANCE OF EXPRESSION: Dazzle me with your descriptive technique, simple prose, or any outstanding element that defines your craft.
STORY,STORY, STORY…..like “location” it is always critical.
Things Meredith Likes In both Adult & YA
Almost anything “out-of-the box” if you have the creds to support it.
A really solid love story (not “romance”) with characters you can’t forget
Malcolm Gladwell-esque “explorations”
Journalism/Narrative non-fiction ala Elizabeth Gilbert, Laura Hillenbrand Jon Krakauer
David Mitchell world building
Memoir, preferably that is not just abuse driven
Humor in almost any form
Commercial women’s fiction…book club ready or otherwise
These are a few of my favorite things….