Dear Miss Snark,
You said, “Most queries suck. Most writers can't write query letters to save their lives. Odds are you are one of those people. This is not a comment on your query cause I haven't read it but if I know that most ie 75-80% of query letters suck, I'd be an idiot to bet yours didn't.”
So, if 75-80% of query letters suck, is it only the 25-20% of letters that don’t suck that get representation? What if the query letter sucks, but the actual novel doesn’t? How will the agent/editor ever know the novel is good if they pass because the query sucks? Do agents request work even if the query sucks? If so, what in the sucky query makes them request to see the manuscript?
IF you are a SMART Snarkling, you put five pages of your actual writing in with your query. I do read pages even if the query letter sux. Mostly the pages suck too, but sometimes, just enough to keep me hoping, they don't. And even if the query letter sux, if it's a topic I'm interested in, I'll overlook it. Remember, I want to find saleable projects. It's your writing I'm going to sell, not your query letter. I'd be the Nitwit of the Century to overlook good writing cause you can't query to save your life. That doesn't mean skate on your query letter though AT ALL. If the query letter sux, I'm giving your pages a very very fast look, just to make sure it does suck. This is NOT the place you want to be.