At BookEnds we do a lot of brainstorming, critiquing and advising, especially when writing pitch letters (the agents version of a query letter). The one thing I’ve noticed during this process is how distinct each of our voices is. Every single BookEnds agent, like every single author, has her own unique writing style and it shows in the pitch. Of course part of our job is to also try to show the author’s voice and style and grab an editor’s attention.
While we help each other immensely in this process, especially when it comes to streamlining, tightening and making sure we’re hitting all major key points, we also need to hold on to our own style and allow the other agents to do the same.
When writing your query it is important that the voice you’ve honed when writing your book comes through, that the reader feels that this is a suspense, a comedy, YA or a picture book. It’s also important that you make sure the writing is tight and you hit all of those points that will make the reader go, “ah! I have to read this.”