I have a confession to make. I love writing query letters. I love editing query letters. I view it as a challenge to see how I can distill my book down into a paragraph of pure fantastic that makes people want to *die* to read it. I think I did a pretty good job - mine sure nabbed me a super-fine agent, as well as four other offers.
Let's pretend I sat down next to you, and we both know we're writers. So I ask you about your book. Can you tell me the most important parts in under five minutes? (This is a reason I think pitching an agent or editor might be a very cool thing at a conference. You have to do this too, but with added awe-factor, which might inhibit your results. At least that's what I hear).
By most important parts, of course I mean: the twist. Or the situation that leads to the twist. The problem that drags your hero/heroine in emotionally, the one that wouldn't let you stop writing the thing.
In the spirit of sharing, I'll say: I'm happy to read a query for you. If you want another look-see. I'll tell you my opinion. Post it in the comments, or drop by my blog and shoot me a mail.
But caveat: I'm honest, and blunt. I'm going to tell you what I really think, not some namby-pamby.
So bring it.