The first literary agent I queried about my new book is the agent I would most like to work with. Here’s an excerpt from my query letter:
I am a fan of several of the authors you represent, and I will not be shy in saying that you are my dream agent, and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with you. Should you be interested, you may reach me at this e-mail address or by phone at any time, at XXX-XXX-XXXX.
I won’t name names, but let’s say this gentleman has a very impressive catalogue of clients, and a bio on his web site that strikes the perfect balance of expertise, modesty, and commitment to the art and business of writing.
Less than eight hours later, I received a response:
Dear Mr. Keelty,I love the “dream agent” line but I am not currently seeking authors in this particular sub-category unless they already have interesting publishing credits.Best wishes and good luck,XXX