As an intern at a literary agency in NYC, I like to spend my mornings with a fresh, steaming
mug of coffee slush pile. Nothing smells better than possibility, and there’s always the hope that buried deep is YOUR query—the spark that’ll make it big. Unfortunately, it’s usually buried pretty deep.
There are, however, plenty of things you can do to make your piece of hay look a lot more like a needle. There’s some good news, and here’s more: The people of a higher power, the ones who open your slaved-over query, are looking for good nuts. We want them like an intern wants sleep (or like squirrels want good nuts.) In fact, it’s a lot like the nut room in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, except you don’t actually have to worry about your darling query getting carted off by a gang of sensitive rodents.