Personalising Queries

I’ve heard so many varied ideas on sending ones MS to agents; the one that sticks with me was looking to see what books they list on their bios. Everyone is different. Like anything; if you connect with someone and they like your writing, they may ask for your whole MS. Awesome post, Lorelle.

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So I’ve been hounding my CP’s lately about personalising queries. I spend a fair amount of time researching agents to see if they are a good fit for my MS. Sometimes, I find agent interviews that help me understand what they are after and can mention these at the start of my query. But often, when I look at successful queries online, they get straight to the point.

And then when I do find a compelling reason, like they are after a strong female protagonist, I worry that I’m sounding too arrogant. Oh, really, Lorelle? Well we will be the judge of that…So should we be limiting our opening sentence to include books they currently represent? But even then, we have to be careful that we aren’t insinuating that ours will compare.

So there is a fine line between gaining the edge and falling over it, and I’d love to…

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