It’s easy to find information on what your query should contain. You should always include the title, genre, a short bio and of course the blurb. What is harder to find is information on what a query doesn’t need. So let me put together a short list for you.
You’re an avid reader: I don’t need to know how avid or voracious a reader you are. Most of us in publishing are. It’s a given.
At what age you started writing: When I was in third grade I desperately wanted to be a writer and I thought I was pretty good. My teacher used to hand out pictures and have us write a story based on the picture. It was one of my favorite things and I did always get a good grade. Today, some many years later, that has no correlation with whether or not I can write a novel (I can’t).
How long it took you to write the book: This could be a real detriment no matter how long it took you. If you’re a debut author and the book took you years to write, most agents are going to assume you can’t write quickly enough to build a career. If it took you only a few months, we’re going to wonder if it’s really been edited. Just leave any information on your writing time off.
I’m sure there are more, but these are the few that popped up in my inbox recently.