Writers penning query letters fall into two groups: those who are extremely careful to follow the rules, and obsess about getting things right; and, those who don't know (or don't care) there are any kinds of norms to observe.
Blogging agents have terrified the first group. The second group doesn't even know there are blogging agents.
Websites, guidelines, and query workshop have terrified the first group. The second group wouldn't recognize a workshop or a guideline if it was offered to him/her on a clearance rack at Kmart.
Form rejection letters and the dreaded "no response means no" have beaten down many in the first group. The second group don't even know there are such things as form rejections and have a neat trick of saying "get back to me if you're interested" thereby discouraging even agents like me from sending a form letter.
Ever get the feeling we're terrifying the wrong half?
Yea, me too.
If you're reading this blog; if you've read QueryShark; if you've paid any attention at all to the myriad of other agent blogs, chances are pretty darn good you're doing things right.
If you're not, well, you're not reading this post so I'll just say it straight out: quit ruining it for the rest of these guys.