I have been fiddling with my query, with great help from the folks at Backspace just after Noah landed on Mount Ararat and I could power up my notebook. I've written about it before, linking to articles that I thought were useful, but after searching for new agents to harass yesterday, I came upon the blog for Wylie Merrick which also has some very useful information.
The problem, of course, is that getting agents to agree on the proper form of a query--or a bio or a synopsis--is harder than getting economists to agree on which direction the economy's going. This is a bad thing for writers.
It is not a bad thing for agents, and the fact that so many have gone to so much trouble to help us suggests that they really do care. It's just that they don't agree. I mean, It's not like building an airplane. Put the wing on upside down, you've got only a slim chance of getting off the ground. Queries are as much an art form as body piercing. Chaque a son gout, as the French would say (which means "Check your goat." I don't understand the relevance, but, hey, the French have a way with words.)
Is there a point here? Well, of couse. Research, resesarch, research. One size does not fit all. That's why if you can get two or three queries out a day, you're doing well.
Here's what the good folks at Wylie say about queries on their blog: