Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Queries: summarize the whole book or just first third?
I've researched how to write a query, know that you need a hook, setup, conflict and consequences. But I've heard differing things about how much of your story to put in the query. Should it be the whole thing? Or just the first third or so?
Now my story has different conflicts (as many stories have) and there are two or so main ones. One comes more toward the middle/end, and one comes at the beginning/middle. Both are parts of the overall conflict but just kind-of different perspectives. The middle/end conflict is the one that really packs the punch and has (IMHO) the better stakes/consequences. But it's at the middle/end. Is that the conflict I should write my query around? Or should I use the beginning/middle conflict because that's what happens first (and agents might not get to the end)? And I've been hearing differing things about which to include.
So that's the conundrum I'm in right now.
What do you think? Should I use the end conflict that has better stakes/consequences or the middle conflict that comes first?