I follow a number of agent blogs. Whether they are right for me to query or not, I find there insights valuable. Jessica at BookEnds, LLC agency’s blog wrote the following post:
You say in your query, “all published books today are crap.”
I represent a number of published books.
Therefore you are telling me that I only represent crap.
So, if you want me to represent your book for publication, your book must be crap.
Wow! I know that querying is a difficult process. We all want to stand out in one way or another, but committing literary agency suicide is not an option for me.
Everything I’ve researched and read has never led me to understand that a query letter can, under any circumstances, be insulting or condescending. Quite the opposite, a query letter should be concise, well-written, reflective of your project and treated as a professional correspondence.
The world is full of stories, some that interest us and some that don’t. Passing judgement on those who have been successful when we are at the beginning of the process is NEVER a good idea.
Be kind, be prolific, be confident and be persistent.