My inbox is showing signs that you guys have forgotten some of the fundamentals.
Here's a quick rundown:
1. You absolutely must tell me what the book is about. The easiest way to do to this is set up the precipitating incident. What gets the plot moving? What's at stake?
If you spend 720 words (a recent example) telling me what you want to say in the book, and I have no idea of the main character's name, you've got a problem.
2. You should not use the word "review" when talking about what you want to have happen with a query. Review means someone is reading your published book with an eye toward blogging/reporting/writing an opinion piece on it. You want me to "consider" your book, or simply "read" your book.
Think this sounds nit picky? You bet it is. And I am ok with that. Words are your tools. When you don't use them well in the damn subject line of a query, I don't have much confidence in your novel.
3. Querying under a "clever" pseudonym. I don't care if you want to use a pseudonym. Pick a name and use it. Do NOT use "You Know Who" or "An Author." A query is a business letter, and this is not 1780. Sign your damn name...whichever name you choose. Felix Buttonweazer works just fine.
4. Please do not quote blurbs for previously published books in your query for a new book. The place for those accolades is on your website. The place for your website URL in a query is underneath your name (see #3)
5. Understand the correct use of ellipses. It is NOT to create a compound sentence of too many clauses. Not now. Not ever. Never. EVER. Need an example of what that horror looks like? Ok, here ya go: Understand the correct use of ellipses is NOT to create a compound
sentence of too many clauses ...not now ... not ever ... never ...EVER...not even if you can't bear to use a full stop...as they say in the UK, ok?
6. Homonyms. If you don't know the difference between who's and whose, you need a beta reader who does. Other points that get you: it's/its; should of/should have; there/they're/their; and my all time hair raising favorite lie/lay/lays. If you have a character laying on the counter, I stop reading. If you don't know why, time for some refreshers in grammar.