I tried so hard to go against the grain.
I read query letter after query letter and decided I couldn't, I just couldn't do what everyone else did. I didn't want to simply jump in and tell the agent about the book. That goes against who I am. I can't even pick up the phone and delve into what I want to say. I always have to ask how the other person is doing, how the kids are doing, what they've been up to, etc. Then, and only then can I say, here is what I want or need. How could I expect myself to write down: Dear Agent. This is what my book is about. Please represent me. Thank you for your time.
So I didn't.
And now, I'm rethinking the whole debacle. Because I have done more reading of successful query letters, and realize that the agents don't want to bother with a quick Hello, how are you? They have a bazillion query letters coming in and they don't have time for my chit-chat. Doggone it.
So back to the drawing board.