I've found that it's a lot easier to personalize when an agent uses QueryManager rather than accepting email queries, because typically they have at least a handful of optional inputs that allow for some additional text. I struggle to personalize email queries because I try to stick to the "this shouldn't be longer than a single page in Word, including comps, author bio, etc" guideline. That makes it really tough to start with a paragraph about why you think the ms is a good fit for the agent before launching into your actual pitch.Question for my fellow rejected folks: am I the only one who often finds it impossible to personalize a query to a specific agent? I've heard time and time again that's the best way to query, but boy is that easier said than done.
I'm querying for YA sci-fi, but even if I find an agent who specifically represents YA sci-fi I usually don't have anything unique to say to them... unless I happen to stumble upon a book they've repped that's similar to mine, which is very unlikely. So, I'm typically left with a non-personalized query, or (perhaps worse) a lame line like "I hear you're on the lookout for bla-bla-bla XYZ."
I spend so much time scouring the internet to get tidbits of info about these literary agents, and more often than not it's a complete waste.
In a few cases where I've interacted with the agent a bunch on Twitter (or in one case, Discord), I'm able to speak more directly to their interests and in those cases I do definitely try to personalize even if it pushes the query into being a bit longer. Seems to work - I was rejected by all of them but for each the rejection was at least personalized.
(ps: hi everyone! I introduced myself in the appropriate section but figured I might as well jump in elsewhere)