I'm in another airport... I should take and upload photos, but fortunately, I haven't the slightest idea how to do that. :) Anyway, had a thought.
Or a question.
Let's say you've written a great book that happens to have one of those "instant rejection" markers, but really, it's good! And you can't change whatever, because it's important, etc.
Okay, specifics. I had a book that started in Russia. Well, that is, apparently, one of those Kiss of Death things I got away with because it was a long time ago. Anyway, let's say your book starts Somewhere Books Aren't Supposed to Start, or has some important plot element that is sure to antagonize in summary (but works in the book).
And here you are, trying to write a query letter or a synopsis. What do you do? You know the editor or agent might instantly-R this, just seeing that word (Russia, psylocibin, child death). So how do you work around that?
Open discussion thread on that! (And this is why, as an editor, I always skim the query and read the pages-- I don't want to reject the next JK Rowling because she puts "wizard" in the query.)
What do you do then? If you want the editor/agent to ask for some chapters?