I’m querying for more than one project right now. It happened that way because while waiting for a reply on one project, I happened to finish another. A question I had for my online writing support group left me thinking about my querying style.
We’re told to be professional and all times and to research the agent thoroughly. I agree with that 110%. After all, agents probably have a steady volume of emails in their inboxes even at the end of the week. They don’t have time to waste with someone who doesn’t know what they represent or doesn’t take the time to spell their name right, especially if it’s an easy name.
I approach my queries thinking short, sweet, and to the point. Very professional and very brief. Everyone’s time is important to them, so I don’t believe in taking up more than my share. They give the agent everything they want to know about my WIP. Or at least, I hope it does. 😉 I don’t even fluff up my bio section anymore. In the end, the hook/blurb has to be the thing that wow’s them.
I’m not saying I’m an expert query writer. Ha! If you believe that, then I’m hear to tell you I’m the new owner of Lehman Brothers. I put my feet in the agent’s shoes and ask myself, “What would I want to see?” Then, I compose it in my query. Not every agent gets the same letter because I try to write some of them based on what they represent. If they’re looking for a “mystery twist” and my story has it, then I put that right up at the top. If not, then I don’t bother and I don’t sweat it. Like I stated before, it’s all about the hook.
What words go through your mind when you compose a query?