Query on POV in Queries
My last post brought up a good question. At least, I think it’s a good one, feel free to agree or not: If your story is told from multiple POVs, whose POV do you use for the query?
In Friday’s post I shared three options of a Twitter pitch for the same story. Each one was written from a different POV because I switch back and forth between three throughout the story. The story is mainly Ciara’s. Bolin’s story, however, is woven around and through hers. The third POV was chosen to help move the story and shed light on some areas we otherwise wouldn’t see. #2, the pitch done from Bolin’s POV, proved to be the favorite.
I’ll give you a second to go back and read Doing A Little Pitching. <cue Muzak>
Back already? <hastily puts down wine goblet and licks dark chocolate off fingers> You just skimmed, didn’t you? No matter. As long as you read the pitches, you’ll be fine.
So, let’s go back to the original question. It almost seems like a no-brainer. Of course you’d query from the MC’s POV, right? But if the purpose of the query is to hook an agent or publisher, and one of the other POVs can accomplish that better than your MC’s, wouldn’t you be better served using his voice? Or is that somehow misleading? The last thing you want to do in a query is present something that doesn’t exist in the manuscript.
Which brings up an ancillary question: when crafting a query for a multiple POV tale, do you somehow let it be known the story is told from more than one character’s viewpoint? I read a sample query on-line a few weeks ago that resulted in a sale. Each paragraph in the query had been written from a different POV. There was a comment suggesting that was the “right” thing to do so the agent wasn’t taken by surprise. Which, of course, also got me to thinking.
What are your thoughts on POV and the query?