Here are some things you shoud NOT do when writing a query letter:
1. Start out with a sob story.
2. Write with an overly friendly or familiar tone.
3. Talk about how beautiful your kids are.
4. End the letter by saying, “I have sent you my best work, but can I have a second chance if you don’t like it?”
I found a copy of a query letter I sent to a lit agent about seven years ago.And now I feel the need to openly apologize to the agent, but I’m not sure she would want to re-live my atrocious use of emal.
WHY didn’t someone stop me??
Because at the time, I wasn’t part of any critique groups. I didn’t know any better. And I didn’t have enough sense to know that I could find fabulous examples online.
So, in a couple of days, I will post the aforementioned query letter in all it’s “how-not-to-land-an-agent” glory. I would love to include y’alls horrible examples, too. If our pain can prevent someone else from experiencing the same, it’s worth all the ensuing giggles, moans and groans… right?
So how ’bout it? Anyone game? Email me at: wordwranglernc @ hotmail . com (take out all the spaces)