I might be an author trying to sell a book, but I also have other tasks on my plate. I simply cannot take the time daily to spend writing agents and publishers. ***
Given that it is 2011 and technology is sophisticated, I have chosen to put my QUERY letter on a website.
If I queried editors with something like that I'd be fired 40+ times in a New York minute.
If you don't have enough time to query well, you don't have enough time to be published well.
I know most of you would never dream of writing a query letter like that, but you might be looking at all the guidelines and thinking "crap, that's a lot." Yup. And it doesn't get any easier.
Querying is your first step in a new profession. This kind of query is like handing the Human Resources department a thumbdrive instead of a resume. It makes perfect sense to you but it wasn't what we asked for. And that pretty much tells us what we need to know.
***it doesn't help to see it posted here either as well as hearing from a dozen editor pals about it as well