Worked on my payjob all day yesterday, then spent the night writing query letters.
I’m finding that first paragraph to be the hardest part. I research every agent I query. I read their websites, blogs–I look for interviews on blogs, etc. But unless they’ve been recommended or I’ve met them at conference, that little personalized section feels off. So, I usually end up reading more on them, then winging it. Some say they love fantasy, horror, romance… some say they love to see all genres of romance. Deciding whether urban fantasy would be included in that list is fun. I’m one of those authors who never sends out blind queries–I don’t feel it’s right to waste someone’s time if they aren’t even interested in my genre.
I love my query letter. It’s short and to the point and gives the plot in a paragraph, but there are aspects to this story that set it apart. My main villain is something I haven’t read about and is based on some theosophical ideals. I’d love to incorporate that into the query, but then the thing would be too long.
So each time, I hope they ask for the synopsis and sample chapters. 🙂
Last night, I sent out three new queries and touched base with an agent who already has it. I woke up this morning to a no from one who asks for a query only. That’s why I spent the morning questioning that query of mine. <g>
So, as of now, there are still seven agents looking at my work. One is even giving it a second look.