Friday, October 26, 2012
I'm querying you because...
From the incoming queries this morning a query writer says h/she chose me:
"because of your agency's undeniable success with various authors."
If you elect to include the reason you queried an agent it has to be specific:
"I chose to query you because you you represent Stephanie Jaye Evans and I loved her book FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH"
"I chose to query you because La Slitherina herself Barbara Poelle can't stop laughing when your name is mentioned in her presence...that's a good thing, right?"
"I chose to query you because my first choice Jenny Bent said no"---even THAT is better than some weak-sister empty gush.
But honest to Betsy, you're querying me because I'm an agent looking for good work. That goes without saying. Save the real estate in your query for the only thing I care about: what is your book about?