Everyone jokes about the little devil
- Put the word count and genre in the subject line of the query.
- Write a first paragraph that represents the best writing you've EVER done and sums up your book perfectly.
- End up with a few words about your qualifications and then--STOP!
What do you think of that, dear?"
Jon got that look on his face that usually means, are you nuts? or yeah, you are nuts.
"That's taking the wind out of everyone's sails!" he said. "I think writing queries is part of the creative process and by dictating your standards you're ruining the entire experience!"
"But," quoth I, "if they are sending said query to ME, shouldn't they know what my preferences are?"
"Of course all writers should learn how to write a query," he said. "There's an entire Internet out there where they can find out how to do that. Why spoon feed them?"
"It's not spoon feeding. It's giving them valuable information so that they don't bury their good ideas in unnecessary verbiage which ends up pi**sing me off so that I reject them within a few seconds. I'm not saying every agent wants queries delivered this way. I am the agent that likes things delivered this way!"
"I, for one, feel it's an agent's job to go treasure hunting to weed out the wheat from the chaff," said Jon (a bit smugly at that).
"That's because you don't have 300 emails waiting for you at this moment," I sniffed.
(Sigh) "OK. But as for me, I want authors to know that they should write the query the way they want--use their creativity and give it their best shot," he said.
"Fine then. I'll write the blog post with that in mind. For me, put the word count and genre in the subject line, write one powerful paragraph and a bit about yourself and then STOP. And, for Jon, use your best creative ideas."
Queries, can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. I think I'll go outside and make a snowman.