Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Query Sushi

Today finds me in baking land. With it being my goddaughter's 2nd birthday on Friday, I'm deep in baking a Mickey Mouse cake. So I bring you a fun post I had over on my blog. Now I need to check on Mickey's ears. Yes, my life is weird sometimes. :)

I did some early Christmas shopping with my friend in November. As a treat, since goddaughter was being babysat by my mum, we had lunch at Yo! Sushi.

For anyone who hasn't been before the idea is you sit in front of a conveyor belt and choose what you like from a selection of dishes. Each dish is colour/price coded. And you can order off a menu if you want something in particular.

(Image: Voucher Mum)

So I'm sat watching all the yummy dishes going round, waiting to be chosen and enjoyed, and I realised that this is the same as querying.

I imagine an agent is pretty much sat at the table looking at all these dishes going around. We know they have a huge number to choose from depending on their preferences, but they only have a short moment to make up their mind before they pass. What they choose could be different on any given day.

Just like what you pick from the sushi bar.

Some days all you see are California roll/urban fantasy and you want Katsu curry/dystopian YA.

But the agent could still pick your California roll query out if it looks appetising.

The job of the chef/writer is to make our dish/query stand out from all the others on offer.

So next time that 'I'm afraid this isn't a good fit for me' email pings in your inbox it just means the agent wanted a different dish that day.

One day an agent will pick your yummy California Roll/query off the conveyor belt.

It's just a matter of appetite.

*No sushi was harmed during the writing of this post. It did make me hungry though. :)


  1. Fun comparison! We have one of those Sushi bars at the mall. Interesting concept . . . but I'd always be wondering how long that california roll's been going around. :)

  2. Mmmm...sushi. And what an encouraging post!

  3. I've seen this before, but I love it all the same!

  4. What a cute and yummy way to look at it!

  5. I LOVE this post - and those types of restaurants.

  6. now i want sushi even more :P thanks, lindsay.

    seriously, great post. it's true. some agents like California rolls, some like tuna or salmon. soooo...yeah. sushi. WANT.

  7. A very different way to look a a query. :o)

  8. Great point. It makes sooooo much sense too. :D

  9. Love sushi. Hate the querying process. I never heard of one of these places before but it sounds sort of like Dim Sum for the Japanese. Hope we get one here in MN. :)

  10. Hee hee. Thanks everyone for the awesome comments. Queries aren't as fun as eating, but I do love to link things to food. :D

  11. I'm totally craving sushi now;) Great comparison Lindsay! =)



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