Ok, get out your query letter.
Print it out if you're querying electronically.
Set it down here in front of you by the keyboard.
Now, read along with me.
Find the spot where it says "my novel is"
if the next word is "about" skip to the next place you find "my novel is".
What we want is the place where you're telling me about your novel.
Here are the things that should follow "my novel is"
1. word count
Does yours say anything like "charming fluffy funny piquant hot sexy cool"?
Take it out.
Strip it out right now.
If you're telling me you're cool, you aren't.
That's just a fact.
You know it too if you think about it.
The people you want to work with are rarely the people who tell you how easy they are to work with.
The ones who make a point of telling you how busy they are aren't so busy they can't stop to tell you how busy and overworked they are.
Same with your query letter.
SHOW ME you're cool.
Show me you're hot.
Show me you're sexy (pictures are not involved here)
The truth is I've learned in my perambulations through the query letter heap o'love that the people who tell me what their novel "is" are most often wrong. The people who can SHOW me get my attention.
I'm pretty sure which one of those you want to be.