- His passion for the plot and the writing
- His belief that others (in other words EDITORS) will share his enthusiasm
- The joy the work brings him; how it rattles in his head long after he's read it
If the work stands up to those judgements, he'll move forward. If not, he'll reluctantly pass. It seems to be a good method and I'm trying to employ it myself. I have two such projects on my desk today. At this point, they are both calling to me. I think I'll sleep on it.