In the process of querying agents and editors, I find myself wanting to be liked. In very few words, the query must grab attention for my story. But the little paragraph at the end should contain bio details and it is hard not to just yell “YOU WILL LIKE IT AND YOU WILL LIKE ME!” To keep my query short, I have just removed the following indulgent paragraph from my most recent attempt at a query letter, knowing this would surely have provoked swear words from surly agents. (Don’t you just love a sentence with both surely and surly in it?)
“I am a scientist and an avid reader. A list of my favorite authors includes Richard Adams, Larry McMurtry, John Steinbeck, Michael Crichton, Greg Iles, Carl Sagan, Barbara Kingsolver, Brian Greene, Stephen King, Thomas Harris, William Goldman and Richard Feynman. (Am I odd? I just realized that these are almost exclusively male. Let me throw in Marian Keyes and Ann Brashares from my secret chick-lit side.)”
Everyone is blogging and tweeting their top 10 songs list. Let’s start a top ten (or more) author list. (Try not to include yourself.) Go to your bookshelf and look at your books. (The ones you actually have read.) Make a list and share!