I'm taking a break from the old WIP to work on my query letter. Writing queries is easier than it used to be because there is so much excellent information on the web. The websites of some literary agencies (Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Folio Literary Management and Liza Dawson Associates) state exactly what they are looking for in a query. Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown, Ltd. puts has a ton of useful information on his blog.
As I labor over my three-sentence summary, scratch it out, and try again, I push aside a pang of nostalgia for the days when I summarized my work with a 250-word scientific abstract. Right now, 250 words seems like an embarrassment of riches.