If you were thinking of sending your query to literary agent Pam Strickler, you're too late. I sent mine already. And she's gone on hiatus because of it.
One look at my letter and she was off to update her submission policy. Even the e-mail address for contacting her has been changed. Any queries sent to the old address will never be seen or read. You can thank me for that.
My skill at driving agents into hiding has been proven once again.
On the heels of that failure, and with so much talk on agent blogs lately about marketing, I re-wrote the query last night. A book that was similar to mine, in that it was historical fiction and dealt with a relationship that had to cross societal barriers, became the source for the synopsis paragraph.
Not that I had to read the book. I read the back flap copy, the marketing pitch that publishers tack on to get a browser to become a buyer. Change a few things, names and minor details, and I'll see how it plays.
As of now, eight hours gone since three e-mail queries were sent, there's been not a single rejection. So far, so good. But Pam Strickler is still not taking queries.