Is it possible to have too good of a query letter?
I have received a generous response from several agents to my latest query, some even asking for the full manuscript right out of the gate. The follow up I’ve received back from these agents make me think my killer query is leaving them letdown by the opening pages, where as perhaps a more mediocre query letter might have given the opening pages more leniency, by having less expectation. (I did get an additional 50 page request after the first 10 by one agent--so the opening pages can't be that terrible.) Is it possible my query letter is doing more harm than good?
Your query letter is doing its job just fine. The purpose of your query is to entice an agent to want to read more. You're getting requests. Your query deserves no condemnation for THAT!
The problem is your manuscript.
You don't fix this problem by making your query worse. The net result of that will be what? That's right: NO REQUESTS!
My guess is you've polished up your query but not your manuscript. If this question to me is an indication of the writing in your manuscript, it needs polishing. "Too good of a query" is a phrase that makes my hair stand on end. You really want to polish that to "is my query too good" See the difference?
Polishing a novel is hard work. A lot of times enrolling in a writing workshop will give you added tools for accomplishing the task. I know Grub Street in Boston offers workshops for this purpose and I'm sure there are others. AbsoluteWrite.com is a valuable resource for finding this kind of information.
Now, go pat your query on the head and apologize.