Thursday was the beginning of the end of my resistance to Twitter. I had avoided being sucked in to one more distraction on the Internet but that was all before #queryfail day.
#queryfail day was the brainchild of brilliant agent Colleen Lindsay. She gathered a group of agents and editors to post some of the lines that made them give the big R to queries.
Some of my favorite creative ideas were:
~the non-fiction proposal for a how-to book for potholders made from cat hair... yes, you read correct... complete with samples. The worst part of this, according to the agent, was that they didn't enclose enough postage to return the... uh... samples to the author.
~the query describing LOTR meets the Notebook, okay, take a moment and picture it...
~the query outlining a romance between a man... and his truck. (this one struck close to home with me ;) LOL )
Now the more common mistakes:
~calling the agent = To Whom It May Concern or Dear Sir/Madam
~typos in the query letter
~not mentioning the plot of the book in the query
~no contact information
It was hilarious, entertaining and enlightening. So, as a writer in the midst of the process of querying, I wanted to say a big thank you to the agents/editors that took the time to participate. Hopefully the process will reap better query letters coming your way in the near future. :)