I read your query shark blog often and I've noticed that many of the queries you post seem longer than many other agents seem to want (3 to 5 paragraphs summarizing the story rather than 1 or 2).
Is this more of a coincidence or is that length what I should be aiming for when sending you a query.
My query includes a one paragraph (4 sentences) summary that I believe gets to the point quickly and would leave the reader asking for more. I really want to do this right and send you a proper query letter that fits your preferences but I've been hesitant, fearing that I might not be including enough detail to peak your interest. Should I rethink or just bite the bullet stick with the short version?
For starters let's all remember that QueryShark is a blog with queries in the formative, not finished, stage. You'll notice I howl a LOT about paring, trimming, slicing and dicing.
And when agents say 1-2 paragraphs summarizing the story, what they mean is NOT 1-2 pages.
Three paragraphs won't kill you. Probably not five either, BUT they better be short paragraphs cause the number you need to know is word count: 250. A query should clock in at 250 words or fewer.
And the only preference I have is that you write well and have a book I want to read. If you're trying to follow the directions you'll do fine. Try not to over-think things. And it helps to spell all the words correctly.