The most common complaint I hear from authors is how unfair it is to be judged on a query. I heard this again on the video James and Kim did on The 10 Reasons Your Query was Rejected.
It’s understandable authors become frustrated by the query process. The feeling and fear are that a query cannot fully represent your book. It puts the author at an unfair advantage.
A good query does just the opposite, it hooks an agent in, it’s representative of your voice, and it tells a story. All
The query is what an agent uses to determine if she wants to buy the book. The same way you as a reader base your judgement on the cover copy. At the bookstore, you will first look at a book’s cover. Next, you’ll read the copy and, if it still holds your interest, you might read a few pages. If it’s still holding up you’ll finally make that purchase. In an agent’s case, that request for more.
Learning to write a strong query is just one of the many skills you need to hone and strengthen as a writer. It’s essential to find an agent and necessary later when your editor asks for help and input on the cover copy.