OK, so I know you don't say any of the following in a query (and I know I did in the first query I ever sent):
* My mom loves it.
* My kids say it's better than Harry Potter.
* My old high school creative writing teacher thinks it's brilliant.
* My wife says, "This novel proves you're a genius, now go mow the lawn."
But what if the beta readers include a couple of recognized experts in the field your novel is based on? Like people who've written non-fiction books about the subject or the head of a relevant department at a major museum? What if, to check that you got scenic details right, you checked with a photographer known for his pictures of the place where your work is set?
Do you mention any of that? I mean, I know that the play's the thing, so the story has to be able to sell itself, but will name-dropping expert beta readers help, or are they no different than Cousin Joe, who proved to me my manuscript is good because he only reads crap and hates all things classic, and couldn't get past my first paragraph?
Donning my armor to protect myself against the dreaded clue stick.
What part of no is hard to understand?
No, no and really no.
I don't CARE if those guys liked it. I don't know if they also thought the DaVinci Code should have won the Pulitzer. You can put all that crap in if you want, but I don't read it. I barely read your cover letter cause most of you (yes YOU) can't write an enticing cover letter to save your life. I read your pages.
If Aunt Minnie likes what I like, she's got good taste. If E. Felix Buttonweazer III doesn't like what I like, he's a nitwit, even if he does have a Pulitzer.
Hook, pub credits, bio.
Leave the stroking to the monkey.