1. Your email is in Courier 19 point. Now, the font and the size aren't a problem right up until they make the email window so large that a scroll bar appears at the bottom and I have to scroll left to right (NOT top to bottom) to read a complete sentence.
Well, I tried. And then I stopped. Form rejection.
Solution: EMAIL your query to a friend before you send it to me. Or mail it to yourself and check it on a different computer, perhaps at your local library.
2. You send an email to Janet@fineprintlit and then say "to whom it may concern." To Whom It May Concern is a perfectly acceptable way to address someone if you don't know their name. If you know my name, don't say "to whom it may concern". It makes me wonder about the wattage in your belfry.
3. There is no such thing as "true crime fiction". True crime is a category in non-fiction. Fiction is not a category of non-fiction. You can have fiction based on a real case; you can have fiction that's ripped from the headlines if you want; you can't have "true crime fiction."
4. Sending an email query with no white space at all. Just a big fat wad of black text. The only thing worse is if you'd sent it in Courier 19.
Big blocks of text are physically difficult if not impossible to read. Short of copying and pasting your email into a word doc and reformatting it, I just can't read it. It's 10:32pm. I still need to finish two novels before tomorrow. You got a form rejection.
If you're throwing down your pen in disgust and saying "that dummy sure missed some good stuff tonight for stupid reasons" well, you may be right. Here's what you need to remember: I turn down more good stuff than I take on. There's ALWAYS more good stuff to choose from than I have space on my list. Always. So, if I can't read your email, or you use words in a lazy way, I'm not worried I'm passing up my only chance at something saleable tonight.
And the truth is I want to work with people who obsess about getting this stuff right. I want to work with people who care a LOT about small stuff.