Dear Ms.Snark, (Miss Snark!)
There always seems to be a discussion on writer's boards re: how a query to an agent should read. Some say start off with a hook and a paragraph about the book because agents read so many queries a day, and they want to know immediately what the book is about.
Others say start out with a one or two sentence intro, such as "I have read that you represent mysteries, and I'm inquiring if you might be interested in representing my novel, Mystery Mystery." Then on to about the book, etc.
What's your opinion?
I'm in favor of you talking about your book, which I don't know about, rather than my fabulosity, which is of course well known to all.
I like a hook at the start. Hard to write good ones, but if you get and keep my interest I'm more likely to read your pages at something other than the speed of light.
All that namby pamby compliment shit is just blah blah blah. Winter is horrid enough without adding to the blahs.