Thursday, November 14, 2013

Query Peeve #7: The List o' Wacky Sidekicks

"The MC then hooks up with a vegetarian werewolf, a stripper with Tourette's, and a sentient tomato."
(NB: I made up this example. I'm not trying to pick on any actual queries!)

"Look at me!" cries the list. "I'm wacky! My book is so much fun!"

Unfortunately, since I don't know any of the characters in the list of wacky sidekicks, I don't care about them. The effect isn't "fun" so much as "Did you use Mad Libs to write your outline?"

Ditch the list.

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