Happy Writerly Wednesday, all!!!
I stumbled upon some query NO-NO's as I was trolling through the vast WD if-you-read-this-you-might-like-this links today. I'm sure these are probably no-brainers, but...just in case... :)
10 things you NEVER want to do in a query (from WD - thank you Ann Rittenberg!):
The ultimate #1: (hint: it's in the title) A novel, of course, is fictional by definition
#2: If you're having trouble reading this...so is the potential agent.
#3: Deer Agent, (typo = no no)
#4: --> query continues on page 2.
#5: Sorry, no nuggets of wisdom to start. Such as "Every step in life we take moves us in a direction." Wow, really?
#6: "Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. But, only if you contact me between Sept. 5 and Dec. 1 at the following number. Otherwise, you can e-mail me at this address until 5pm on Wednesdays. Or call at this # between the hours of 9am and 9:05am on the third Friday of every month. Thank you."
#7: No generic photocopied letter, please!
#8: "I worked very hard on this novel." (Ummm...K. But, does hard work = great writing? Maybe...)
#9: "I know you're busy. I don't want to take up too much of your valuable time." (Uh - too late!)
#10: "My novel will appeal to women in general and since we make up the majority of the population in the world - I will sell a bazillion books!!!" (do I even need to explain this one? Seriously.)
Anything you want to add to this list? :) Happy Query Writing out there today!!