As a fun example, everyone supposedly has a celebrity doppleganger. Any time someone looks at me with wide eyes and says, "Omigod! Do you know who you look like?" the answer is almost always one of three people.
One of three people who, in my opinion, LOOK ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE ME (thought I'd kill to look like any one of them). But you tell me.
The one I get most often is Angie Harmon:
|Hi! We're an unbelievably hot Hollywood couple!|
|What a coincidence! So are we! (Seeing it yet? Me neither.)|
|There you are Gina! My long lost twin.|
|It is I, Penelope! Look how we both nail the over-the-shoulder|
pose! (Um... not even close.)
Next we have Melina Kanakaredes:
Publishing works the same way. Recently, a published author took pity on my constant Twitter laments over the loser that is my query letter, and offered to look at it for me. Do you know what her assessment was?
That it was great. Great! Just like that, with an exclamation point!
Yet, the agents I've queried thus far obviously don't agree. While my lovely author friend saw the Penelope Cruz of queries, agents see it a little more like this:
|Chuuuuunk! Or should I say, Sluuuuushhhh!|
Hope your luck is a little better than mine today, peeps. Oh, and who's your celebrity doppleganger?