I’ve been sloshing around the query trenches for awhile now, picking up my rejections as I march through the mud and revising as I go. I started thinking. Have I made it harder for myself without even knowing it? The hamster wheel is heating up and ready to spin off its frame.Let's pretend agents have a checklist.
Let’s pretend my query isn’t the problem. When potential agents see that my book is dual POV written in the first person, how much will that deter the average agent from reading on, if at all? I know that a lot of people prefer third person. I’m wondering if it’s harder to sell books written in the first person especially one written in multiple POV? Do I have to accept that it may be harder to find an agent, or does it mostly come down to the writing and story and POV doesn't matter much?
Dual POV in first person?
In other words for every single thing you think might be a deal breaker I can name an exception in 30 seconds. And these are just the books I know well.
You do NOT KNOW what goes on at the receiving end of incoming queries.
So, it just might be your query. But let's pretend it's not.
It might be that your story is something I've seen one gazillion times, and you haven't added anything fresh and new to the mix. PASS
It might be that you're starting the story in the wrong place and the pages you include with your query are not compelling. PASS
It might be that you're writing dinoporn and no one is looking for dinoporn these days. PASS
You have NO way of knowing, sitting there at your desk, fretting.
You can find out if you get some eyeballs on your query, or you have a consult with an agent at a conference.
Let's all remember those VERY difficult conversations I had last year at T/fest with authors writing in categories that weren't really big sellers any more.
Until you know otherwise, don't assume it's anything structural about the book.
That's not even a factor until I read the pages and see if this is something I want to consider further.