You know how much I love my Operations. It makes me feel like a doctor. Which is what I considered doing for about a month in undergrad. Then realized cutting people open wasn’t quite my bag.
Moving on. I get a lot of wonderful queries. I get a few really awful queries. And sometimes I get queries that just make a few little mistakes. My query scenario is much like Goldilocks’ dilemma.
So I introduce to you: Operation Query Tip. When I find something in a query that I think will adversely affect a writer’s chances of getting past an agent’s query slush pile–I will post–and hopefully help out a bit in this incredibly hard industry.
Today’s hot tip is as follows:
Small font! GASP! Eeeeek! Seriously. Bad bad news. Agents are staring at a computer screen for about 10-12 hours a day, reading manuscripts, queries, answering emails, working on proposals, writing to their clients, cough tweeting cough, etc.
Whenever I get a query with tiny font, part of me thinks, “Oh my gosh, is it worth it to have to squint and get all close to my computer screen to read this sucker?” And of course I always do. But I’ll be frank: it sucks.
Right? No Bueno! So use a normal sized font. Test it out on a friend’s computer if you aren’t sure how it will translate. I swear it’s worth it. I know it wouldn’t seem like a small font could make or break you, but you never know. After reading 47 queries in a row, a small fonted query might just break the camel’s back.