Effusive praise in a query just sets my teeth on edge. Actually almost any praise in a query sets my teeth on edge.
A query is not about me.
It's about your book.
Tell me about the book; not how fabu I am (I already know that)
Janet Reid @Janet_ReidFor some reason people are including a synopsis with their queries to me.
It's not a deal breaker but it drives me nuts (admittedly a very short journey).
The reason I hate it is because:
I have to scroll through the synopsis to get to what I DO want: the pages.
Save us both some anguish here, leave your synopsis OUT when you query me.
Janet Reid @Janet_ReidThe great line from A League of Their Own, spoken by Tom Hanks to Geena Davis:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
This is one way to think about stakes for Your Hero.
How and why is doing what she must going to be hard?
TheQueryShark @TheQuerySharkWriting directions requires step by step clarity.
Novels do not.
If you put each sentence of your first page on a new line, does it sound like your character is following directions?
She stepped back.
She opened the door.
She closed the door.
She walked to the kitchen.
Janet Reid @Janet_ReidYou are the role model and example for your kids. Literally NOTHING is more important for their development as good people than having good parents. NEVER disparage that. Not even jokingly in a query.