1. Tell me the outline of the plot: Marcia Brady needs money for a hit man to take care of the blackmailer. If she doesn't pay the blackmailer, photos of her original nose will be sent to the Miss America judges. Marsha has wanted to be Miss America her whole life, and unbeknownst to her, Canadian terrorists have threatened to invade Minneapolis if Marcia Brady is denied the sceptre and sash.
2. Tell me the book opens in the middle of action or conflict: The book opens as Marcia discovers the hit man is her brother Greg.
3. Tell me the word count.
4. Tell me where you'd find it in a bookstore. Classics is not an option. Neither is Bestsellers.
5. Tell me if you've previously published anything including having screenplays optioned. Include the publisher and the film company. It doesn't count if you just say you're published without including details.
6. Include the first 3-5 pages of the novel. I can't emphasize enough how important this is. I will overlook almost every fault in a raggedyass query letter if the writing is good. Don't shoot yourself in the foot by sending ONLY the query letter.
OTHER AGENTS may differ on this, but with me, I want to see the writing right off the bat. (If you're planning on attending a conference where I'll be, I'll ask for pages there too, regardless of what the conference says. It's about the writing, not how much we both like Scotch.)