#Querytip: Avoid making 75% of your query about the themes in your book. It’s hard to stand out if you focus on that and not the story. I should be able to glean those themes/issues based on how you describe the plot. I've never been hooked by a theme, only by a story idea.
I reviewed 35 queries yesterday/today.
Category breakdown by QueryManager:
9 women’s fic
9 commercial fic
8 contemp romance
3 historical fic
2 romantic comedy
1 general romance
1 multicultural fic
1 upmarket fic
1 gothic fic
All passes. Here's why...
#querytip If your query blurb is overly long, it will seem that your book doesn't have a clear focus/or you don't have a clear idea of how to market it. If your query blurb is too short or focuses only on character, then it can appear that the story, itself, is weak.
#querytip Taking time to craft your query blurb is important. Agents base their decision both on what your book is about AND your ability to describe it. We want to see that you a) know the hook of your book b) can show there's a clear plot line and c) use your words wisely.