I know of course that a good query can definitely help, but aren't sample pages more important?
So far I've sent out 10 queries and had 7 "NO". The first 5 I knew they were gonna fail, since I realized I had many mistakes in my MS after I pressed that SEND button...but the last 2 I had high hopes for.
Now, my query isn't the best, but it's not bad either. I have 2 POV/MC (One old man and one young boy) and I wrote the query from the pov of the old man, mainly because I couldn't write stakes from the perspective of the young boy, at least not without delving too deep into the story.
The question of whether my query works or not has been gnawing at me for quite a while... (Of course sometimes both the query and the writing work, but an agent isn't simply interested.)
On the other hand, out of the 7 rejections, 2 were personalized. They both read the prologue and told me exactly why they weren't drawn into the story. So does that mean that the query kinda...works?
Btw, the first 4 agents who said no read the prologue, and the other 3 read the 1st Chapter.. I decided to take Janer Reid's advise and skip the prologue until that partial/full request comes.