Okay, so I probably should’ve read a lot more agent blogs more closely…here’s what I think went wrong and it falls into the ‘basics’ category.
1. Formatted email query wrong: according to Janet Reid’s Query Shark blog-where she lambasts people who send her queries to be dissected-she says not to format it like a real letter. You start w/Dear Agent’s Name and proceed to your letter. Put all your contact info after your ‘signature part’.
2. The sum-up part of the letter I did not feel was detailed enough. I started with the set up and then added the first five pages of the novel=you read what’s about to happen just before you read what’s about to happen=yawn. All of the other successful query examples I’m reading tell almost the whole story. Like a really, really flash synopsis.

There is much debate about this last bit–if you have queried successfully, or know what’s worked for others, please let me know what you/they did. I want my package to be an A+.

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Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.

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