Queries: Trying Something New

I have decided to try something new by way of queries. This will take a lot more time, effort, and patience, but it should also pay off in the end. This new approach is what I like to call total specialization.

I know, I know. We’re supposed to personalize queries anyway. Make sure we address it to a specific agent, yadda yadda. But I’m not talking about taking the same query letter and changing a few things. I’m talking about picking an agent I really like, reading their blogs and tweets, learning about what they like — how they want their queries to read, etc. — and fashioning my query specifically to suit them (without changing my actual story, of course).

Again, this will take time and effort, but I really think it’s the best way to go about it. Besides, it’s not like I haven’t invested tons of time and effort already in my manuscript. What are a few more days and a little more typing and editing, right?

What about you? Have you ever focused an entire query on a specific agent’s tastes?


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