Or sometimes it’s at a point later in a query when I am insulted, belittled or offended (yup, those happen too).
In general, I just stop the second I realize the story is just not for me.
When WD then approached me and asked if I’d be willing to answer a selection of those questions in print—and to do so with a level of candor that writers would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere—I applauded their creativity and immediately grabbed my thinking cap (read: flask) and dove in.
I found the questions to be insightful, and I hope I did the responses justice.
You nailed it: There’s gold in them there query hills.