After writing and editing and tweaking some more, it is now time for me to tackle that dreaded query. Why dreaded, you ask? Because it's that one chance you have to WOW the agent of your dreams. The one chance to say, "Hey! You really want to read this!" And you only have one page to do it in. One page to sum up the 40,000 (or more, if you write YA or Adult fiction.)
I've ready many samples at Query Shark, and had a round of critics done on a former query at Writer's Digest's Query Critique. I read a book over the weekend, and I've read interviews with agents about the subject. And what have I found? There are a wide variety of things that make a query work and that make it go straight to the slush pile. What works for one query may not work for another.
So, what's a writer to do? Well, I am writing mine out, tweaking it, sharing it with my beta readers, tweaking it again, until it shines and conveys my story to the best of my abilities.
How about you? Do you dread writing the query or look forward to it introducing you to that perfect agent?
What key have you found for writing your query?