I'm digging in to my queries with renewed zest.
I'm glad to see almost anything even if it's not a good fit for me.
I'll never shame you in public (ie Twitter) for sending me a query that's "not what I do."
It's absolutely ok to query me for anything.
That said, there are some things I'm not keen on:
1. Abuse memoirs.
I'm very glad to hear you survived the challenges of being victimized and powerless. I'm glad you wrote about it because I think writing about things can give you needed perspective not to mention healing.
I just don't want to read it. I'm sorry but I don't.
2. Pedophilia in any form.
I don't want that ugliness in my head.
3. Catholic Church bashing.
The Church is so far from perfect it's not even worth discussing, but I am a Catholic, and I'm not going to participate in bashing it.
You're welcome to your opinion, and god knows we can find common ground with how great the movie Spotlight is, but I don't want to read books on this subject.
4. Polemics of any kind.
I'm not interested in attacking anything other than the sushi buffet.
5. The novel you wrote to prove a point.
I am entirely story-based. If you have a compelling story, you can make any point you want to, but I'm not going to read your novel to hear how global warming is a problem.
6. Serial killers.
I don't find them interesting. Other people do.
7. Books set in the publishing industry, or featuring writers as the main character.
In this, I simply know too much for any kind of fiction to be interesting. Much like cops don't like Law and Order, and hookers don't either.
8. Books about illness, contagion, pandemics, epidemics.
Just not my cup of tea.
9. Anything with vampires.
I've never warmed (ha) to vampires, even when all the cool girls at school were head over heals for them. Never read Anne Rice, never saw the Tom Cruise movie. Just not my thing.
10. Books about 9/11.
I can't. I just can't. Other agents can and do. Query them.
But again, you can't go wrong querying me.
Just note that if your book falls into any of these categories, it's me, not you.