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I want to discuss personalizing queries. I'm seeing a lot of authors feeling pressured to personalize queries without knowing how to do this well. #amquerying First, you should address the agent by name instead of Dear Agent. And then next...
If there is a specific reason you are querying me, I'd like to hear it. Like a book I reviewed on Goodreads, something specific on my wishlist, a client's project, etc. If it's just because I represent your genre, don't mention that as a reason.
I also have my bio quoted to me so many times I have it memorized, but none of it is usually very specific to each individual story. There is a specific line in my bio that has been used hundreds of times across multiple genres and has become meaningless to me. So instead...
*Personally* If you have no reason why you are querying me other than you are querying widely and I rep your genre, I'd rather you go right to the hook. I'll know it's due to genre when I see your genre. My name is enough personalization.
If you want more specific examples of how to write the personalization, Carly Watters has a great blog post about it here: carlywatters.com/2016/10/03/per…
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