I sent out my second batch of queries today after taking a long, hard look at my basic query letter. My pitch needed some work.
The standings are now thus:
As soon as I revise my synopsis I'll send out some more. The synopsis... is just okay. It's work to me to do this. Writing the book was the easy part. This is nerve-wracking, wear-me-down, make-me-bleed work. Writing a query wasn't so tough, but for some reason that synopsis is killing me. I don't know what balance to strike between speed and detail, what rhythm I should follow, how much I should hold back, and how much I should let go.
And the thing is... there's no perfect solution.
Because people are different, there's not an answer that will appeal to every agent. I just have to trust myself. And that scares me.