Does anyone ever use bullet points in a query letter? We discussed this in my critique group and the thought that men and women (agents/publishers) react to stories differently, might influence how they read a query letter. And, since we are trying to convey information succinctly, that bullets might do that in a non-traditional way. On the other hand, if the query shows a tidbit of our writing style, then bullets wouldn't cut it. Any thoughts to enlighten me?
The bullet points I've seen in a query look like this:
Title: The Buttonweezer Guide to a Happy Marriage
Author: Betty and Felix Buttonweezer
Genre: literary fiction
Word count: 94k
Keywords: marriage, fight, murder
Similar: Stephen King, Nostradamus, QueryShark blog
Word Count: 72,000
Source: some obscure website I've never heard of.
Stories generally do not lend themselves to bullet points.
Bullet points highlight the important things in an article.
Including keywords is just ridiculous in a query for a novel. Keywords are search engines find things. Readers do not look for books like a search engine. They look for description or category first. Murder and redemption gets you everything from the Bible to Shawshank Redemption.
I don't really care where you found my name because it's obvious you did. It does tell me you didn't look at my website which is a Big Red Flag that you didn't actually do much research.
Repeating your name is just a waste of space and my eyeball time.
None of these are the most part of your query.
What is important?
I've said it before and I guess I'll say it again: don't do something non-traditional, weird or offbeat, thinking it's a better way. It's not. Please just tell me about a story I want to read.