Dearest Miss Snark,
Since another round of the CoM is fast approaching (hooray!), I was hoping for a little of your snarky wisdom to help with a hook/query/synopsis-writing problem I'm currently facing.
Here's the thing: My novel has quite a cliche element in it (a portal to another world). It really is necessary for the story, and I've tried very hard to make it seem un-cliche-ish in the novel. But I'm having a hard time doing that same thing in the query and synopsis because of the space limitations. And if it sounds cliche and boring there, then probably no agent is going to want to read the whole manuscript to find out that it (hopefully) isn't really cliche and boring. So if Your All-Knowing Snarkiness can give any advice on presenting cliche elements in a non-cliche way when writing hooks/synopses, I would be extremely grateful.
Sadly, I can only tell you if it works or doesn't.
That's why you are the writer; the one with imagination and vision.
I'm the agent: cold cruel and critical.
You might try looking at all those books that made portal a cliche and see how they described it.