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I'm writing a query for a non-fiction adult book and it's begging for a rhetorical question at the beginning. But I know these are overdone and I'm worried editors/agents might dismiss it out of hand. Am I being paranoid? (And that is not a rhetorical question!)

PS I put this here as it's not kidlit... but if it belongs in Queries, sorry, Mods!
#1 - March 14, 2013, 06:05 AM

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How about writing two versions, one with the question and one without, letting them cool, and then comparing them side by side? And then maybe get a trusted reader or two to read them and weigh in.

I understand your paranoia -- er, concern.  :laugh  It's risky to do anything that might flip the Reject switch in anybody's mind.
#2 - March 14, 2013, 06:15 AM
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I've done just that, and the rhetorical question version still seems better. I feel like there must be another way to do it that's just as snappy but it's eluding me... Hmmm. Guess I'll keep trying!
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