“My book will be a bestseller.”
I know you think that. But the query isn’t the place to say it. Tell your mom, not prospective agents.
Like movie claims, bestseller claims make me suspect the author doesn’t understand the business. They have false expectations about getting rich quick. Of scoring a publisher in a few weeks and receiving a six-figure advance.
They assume every good author sells out and hits the NYT list.
These same writers use Stephen King and James Patterson (or Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Phillips, JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling) as their comps. They haven’t read widely enough to know any other names in their genre.
If all you read are bestsellers, it’s no surprise you think you’ll be one too.
I have the sincerest hope all our clients hit the list. But I know better how the industry works. I also know you can be popular, successful, and making enough to live on without hitting the list.