I'm poised to start querying, but yesterday learned that agents no longer want comparables in the query letter. Do agents state this in their query instructions?Beware of blanket statements like "agents no longer want comps."
I don't know who told you agents don't want comps but they're nuts.
If it was an agent, maybe s/he doesn't want comps, but that doesn't apply to the whole bloodletting lot of us.
If it's an author, they're playing an agent online. Badly.
But to the larger question: do agents tell you what they want in their query instructions?
And to the unspoken cosmic fear all y'all know so well: do they leave things OUT of the query instructions just to frustrate you, and make for an easy pass cause you didn't include it?
Query guidelines, despite all evidence to the contrary, is NOT the literary Hunger Games.
Honestly, the wounds we inflict and the angst we cause are just bonus material, not the actual intent.
The intent is to tell you what we need to evaluate your query.
If we need/want comps, we say so.