A reader asks:
Would you mind telling me what really resonates for you personally in an author’s query? If you have time. 🙂 Thanks!
Thanks to query manager it’s really easy for me to look over past queries to see what I requested, but also what the query was that started a relationship with a new client. So to answer this question I did a little research, primarily to see if there was any consistency in the queries.
In the end, each query either had a voice, a plot point, or a theme that appealed to me, but all the books I looked at were completely different in tone, style, and even genre. In one case it was the mention of elephants, in another, it was an #ownvoices story, another was women’s fiction featuring what could best be described as a mid-life crisis and in another, it was magical realism. Some were YA, some thriller, women’s fiction, and suspense.
And, here’s the clincher, not all were incredibly written queries. They were fine, and they all contained a compelling enough blurb to grab my attention, but in no instance did I use that exact blurb for my own pitch. They all needed work.
I hope instead of seeing this blog post as discouraging because it doesn’t give you those exact selling points that will grab me, you see it as inspiring. You see how imperfect and subjective the query process is and that what agents are really looking for is something that sounds interesting and exciting.