Recently this query came through our transom (great word).
Thank you for viewing this query. I have a request, if this query, and the contents of this package has been put in a slush pile; please stop reading. This material isn’t for you. Here is why, what I’ve written, what I’ve sent is very special, deserves attention. It does not deserve to just be thrown into a pile and forgotten about. Thank You for your understanding.
Almost every query is in the slush pile. Slush pile by its definition is the place where unsolicited material lands. Unless you received a request for a query or we reached out to you, you start in slush. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s where almost everyone starts.
At BookEnds we believe strongly in giving every query and every author the attention they deserve. That does not mean we read the entire query or the entire manuscript, but we do read enough to make an informed decision. If you’re sending me a “children’s picture book” reading those three words is enough attention. I don’t rep that, I’ll reject it. If you’re query intrigues me I’ll request more material. And I’ll read it. I’ll even respond because at BookEnds we always respond.
Don’t start out your query on the defensive, assuming that every agent is out to treat you badly. We’re not. We want a fabulous client list and to get that we need authors and to get authors we need queries. We even need a slush pile. Instead of telling us your work is special, show us.