Thank you Alex J Cavenaugh for your ingenious IWSG :)
Query writing . . . that's an entire insecure post itself, better yet, a year's worth of IWSG posts.
Anyhow, I digress. I'm referring to that closing paragraph today. The one where you state your title, word count, and hopefully, in one smooth turn of phrase, convince the agent they MUST read your work.
How does one do that?
I've seen the "Because you represent Dean Koontz, I think my writing is similar, so you should represent me for sure!" But really? Dean Koontz? He's published, like a million times published, and my writing is NO way similar, way beyond the I'm NOT published similar.
So I'll tuck my tail feathers and avoid that attempt at closing the query.
Often it's suggested to say something along the lines of, "I saw on your blog, on twitter, in an interview on AWESOMEBLOG, on Query Shark, and seven thousand other places that you love historical zombie romances, so I know you'll fall head-off-rotting-corpse's-shoulders for my story."
If I'm stalking someone, I feel a little uncomfortable admitting it, even if it is an agent and they know we have them in our radar on a daily basis.
Another way is to mention a connection like, "According to your tweets and the convo we had about manuscript interests, I'm sending you my amazing novel because you told me to."
But I'm not that cool, and I'm a bit of a chicken. So even if I was miraculously having a conversation with an agent, I would mess it up and wuss out before getting to the "Hey, send me your work!" line.
Needless to say, the closing paragraph of my query is as bare bones as you can get.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER is a gritty and emotional, young adult contemporary complete at 60,000 words. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Maybe I'll get the guts to figure some way to strike an agent's fancy (kiss butt) in a skillful, knowledgeable way bringing me one step closer to publication . . .
Any suggestions? What's your method of piquing agent interest?