(I'm paraphrasing here) "My story is about several main characters. Which one do I build my query letter around?"
I have answers for about anything.
|An ensemble cast of four, heigh-ho|
So let's say your story follows four characters' intertwined lives. You want to know which of these four stories to emphasize in your query letter.
The really short answer is -- Any of them.
Your query letter can approach the manuscript using any main character as your focal point.
I don't say you necessarily can talk about this manuscript mainly from the experience of the dog, but close.
If you have a strong instinct to cast the query using the story of LolaJo instead of Kindle, Edward, or Framis, then do so.
Nobody knows the story better than you.
But which is the optimal character?
Oh. You want optimal?
I'd look at the manuscript as a whole and ask myself:
What's the point of the story?
What am I saying here?
Who gets the most on-stage time?
Who is present from pretty much the beginning to the end?
Who feeds us the most internals?
Whose problem fuels the action?
Whose resolution provides the emotionally satisfying ending?
Who has the most to gain or lose?
Who does the reader identify with?
When the last chapter rolls round, whose goal has been reached?'
This sort of stuff tells you who owns the story.
The general shape of the story also tells you.
|Selecting the most important character in the room|
If the story is a Romance, I'd talk about the romantic couple.
If it's a coming-of-age story, I'd talk about my young person coming of age.
If this is a story of transformation of the antagonist, I'd choose the antagonist to talk about.
Your main and most active character is probably the one to pull front and center when you talk about your manuscript in the query.