I'll spend more time on this next week, getting down into the particulars. But for an overview...
A QUERY IS a brief overview of your manuscript, a back cover blurb, designed to intrigue an agent or editor to read more, and can incorporate important highlights of your author bio.
Imagine you're looking for a job.
Haunting, I know.
You put together your resume, cover letter, and list of job opportunities. Sounding familiar? Your query is, in essence, an application.
If you're lucky, one of those candidates are exactly what you're looking for. So you hire them.
How long does the average employer spend on each application if they have a stack just staring at them? Not long.
On Thursday, What a Query Isn't.