In the case that you have something very unusual that presents unique challenges due to it's weirdness, where do you go to send queries that don't waste agent's time? If anything, I'm just looking for what the industry language is for "I look at really weird stuff, man, even if it's pretty much the weirdest."
Well, this is your lucky day. You've earned the second rant of the new year. Congrats!
I want to just reach through the computer screen and throttle writers who say "I don't want to waste your time by querying you for X, Y, or Z."
It's NEVER a waste of time to receive a well-written query for a well-written project. I may not take it on, it may not be in my category, and you may be the least suitable client in this universe plus the next one over, but you are NOT wasting my time.
Thinking that you might waste my time makes you FEARFUL of querying widely.
Querying widely is your best strategy for connecting with the right agent. That means you don't try to find only the ones who say "I like weird"; you strike off the list only the ones who say "I don't rep fiction."
Fortunately, you're not alone in attracting my wrath: I also want to reach through the monitor and throttle agents who prattle on Twitter about queriers wasting their time. It's both unprofessional and disrespectful. You may quote me to anyone who says it.
Writing an effective query letter is not easy. Following the various submission guidelines from agencies adds another level of difficulty. Trying to figure out what various agents want or don't want is not as easy as it sounds, even when we try to be clear about this.
If you add further hoops by making sure not to query anyone not interested you've set yourself up to fail.
DO NOT DO THIS.
The world eats writers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's an incredibly hard task to get your work seen, published well, reviewed, and read. You MUST have an ironclad sense that your work is worth everyone's time to have a tough enough hide for this business.
And let's just remember, I make my entire living selling work I find from people who send me query letters. You're not wasting ANY of my time by giving me a chance to make money with you.
Are we clear?
Are We Clear?