Query triage: Easy things to fix

I edited eight queries last night. Hard work. Wonderful work. Below is basic advice for not getting form rejected for an easy-to-fix problem:

Include age range. If the agent doesn’t know they rep it, they’ll pass. Middle grade, young adult, adult. Also, New Adult does not exist in traditional publishing, so don’t use it if you want to be traditionally published.

Include genre, and ensure the metadata/about-this-book genre matches the pitch genre. You say you wrote a fantasy, but where’s the fantasy? If the genre in the metadata paragraph doesn’t…