Saturday, February 14, 2009

If you have to use the word "humorous" in your query letter, then it probably isn't.

Just a note for future reference.

14 comments:

Sherry Ficklin said...

Sounds like somebody is hammering away at her inbox! LOL! Good luck with that!

PS, My novel IS humorous. (JK)

Smile! It's saturday. Take a break and watch 'Princess Bride' or something. You deserve it!

Deborah Blake said...

And so is mine. Laugh out loud funny in spots. So if I don't call it a humorous romance, what do I call it? (NOT chick lit--that I already know!)

clindsay said...

You need to convey the humor in the writing of your query, not tell me that your manuscript is funny, humorous, hilarious or anything else.

It all goes back to basic writing skills: SHOW, don't TELL.

If you don't know how to do that, then you aren't ready to query yet. It's pretty straightforward.

Ugly Deaf Muslim Punk Gurl! said...

but what about people who ARE actually querying a humourous novel, something along the line of "A Confederacy of Dunces"??? what do they say in the query, then?

Ugly Deaf Muslim Punk Gurl! said...

oohhhhh okay gotcha, i just saw your comment. makes sense

MA Fat Woman said...

Good points! Isn't humor sometimes in the eye of the beholder? What's funny to some isn't to others. I'm just saying...

Shelli said...

ha this is hilarious!

Josh said...

What about "humerus"?

Vieva said...

But my cat and the mail lady laughed a lot and said they loved it!

Why isn't that enough? *sob*

S. E. Ward said...

So does that mean a query featuring "humerus" is going to be bone dry?

Josh said...

Or it could be a murder mystery, and the humerus was the weapon involved. Lots of potential.

S. E. Ward said...

The Upper Arm Murders. Hmm, that could be intriguing.

Josh said...

Sure. A whole series, each one themed around a different bone of the body. That'd be a nice long run...about 206 titles?

Vieva said...

well, and then you could branch out to animals - the Panda Thumb murder, f'ex ....