Greetings Oh Sharp-witted Daughter of Harsh Gods,
Watching you at work on a most-excellent friend of mine, I was forced to notice the short-comings of my own beloved creations -- I don't write books with large numbers of corpses or explosions -- and I was left wondering... Apart from writing a book more amenable to the query process, which is the better strategy...
a) creating a query that highlights the grabbiest parts of the book but will be sent with sample pages that are somewhat slower paced (creeping tension rather than immediate corpses) or
b) writing a query that reflects the more thoughtful nature of the book and so doesn't lead to a disconnect between salespitch and sample?
(or c) something else) I await the enlightenment only your spiky-stilletoed self can provide,
Thank you :)
I know this will come as a horrifying shock, but I've been known to take on and actually sell work that doesn't have a corpse or a flame thrower on the first page.
Those works came to me with compelling writing. They gave me incentive to read on. It's a lot harder than it sounds as you know.
One of the now-cliche pieces of advice on how to write compelling paragraphs about your book is to read the flap copy of books you like. Then you practice writing it for books you've read and compare it to what the flap copy says. Then you write one for your own book.
You might consider the End-of-the-Year CoM. If you can hook me without blood, bullets, and burning bouffants I'll be quite pleased to read your pages.
Blood, bullets, and burning bouffants aren't meant to be taken literally. It's a metaphor for grab my attention and keep me riveted.