What Agents Look for in a Query Letter - article

I have a dedicated e-mail account for queries. There are probably a thousand in there right now. Two interns work with me in my office, and they’re the ones who initially go through the queries. The first thing I tell them is that writers are notorious for not being able to describe their own work. So if it’s close—if we’re not sure whether the author’s work is something we’d be interested in—I try to ask for more information. We often have to ask authors to be more succinct, to give us a logline, to say where their books fit in the market, and to tell us what they can do to help us promote them. Those are the things we’re looking for. Like I said, we often ask authors for more information; if something doesn’t quite catch me at first, I may still be open to looking at it. In part, that’s because I’m interested in the literary side of things; I like books that are complicated, which are always more difficult to pitch. But I really want writers to think about how they are going to present their work to someone else can understand it.

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  • Dear Charlotte, A very lovely day to you, My published book is called The Superiors fantasy-The blue-print for the moon, an 1800 year old raunchy love story about castle built by 14 Intelligent gentlemen, who imprint the story of ursa Major into the castle, which is about a wicked jealousy, hence peoples get a pictorial image of their emotions, that need to be rectified when they put their right foot at the entrance of the red door. there are also two elongated ladies from mars and Vulcan whom visit the castle. As you say you like stories that are complicated, this is a unique story that shall herald the journey back to the moon.