All of us have preferences. I'm not keen on medical mysteries. I'm not all that keen on atmospheric, gothic novels. And I'm just not the right person for serial killer novels.
But there are a LOT of people who love those kinds of books.
And buy them.
And the authors of those books enjoy a lovely career.
Which means even if you don't like a certain kind of book, you absolutely positively do NOT want to include that in a query letter.
No Matter What.
And particularly if you aren't keen on books that sit at the
top of the bestseller lists and sell zillions of copies.
You don't have to like those books, but keep your lip zipped.
Cause the agent you're writing to may well love those books.
But more important, a query letter is NOT about you. It's about your book. Focus on persuading me that your book is exactly what I want to read right this very minute.
And, you're missing the bigger picture. You might not like Jack Reacher but you're better off analyzing why a lot of people do, than you are grumping around your lair complaining. Understanding reader taste is smart. (Which is exactly what Lee Child did when he set out to write Reacher.)
And honestly, publishing is a small, clubby world. The last think you want to do as you join this world is give off hostile vibes.
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