Now that I'm following lots of blogs, I feel like I finally identify with the plight of a literary agent.
I check Blogger in the morning before I go to work, and since I'm usually running late as it is, I don't have time to read every single entry in my blogroll. Instead I have to peruse, picking and choosing based on the post titles and the two or three sentences that show up beneath it.
There are a few blogs that I visit no matter what, but when I'm crunched for time, the only ones I'm going to drop in on are the ones that caught my attention. Being another five minutes late for work is time well spent if I really enjoy the post, or find it particularly informative. But if I'm going to risk those five minutes, I have to have a reason to believe it's worth it.
It occurred to me that a literary agent's inbox is like a blogroll, times 100. All day every day, they have to decide what they MUST READ RIGHT NOW versus what they may take a look at later, versus what they're not going to bother reading at all.
All the more reason why the title of your story and the first few sentences of your query really need to jump out and grab the reader's attention.
All the more reason I'm scared to death to query.
So tell me, peeps. Do you visit every entry in your blogroll? And if not, what makes you click or not click? I'm hoping we'll see a pattern emerge in the anwers and unlock the secret to getting a query noticed!