All of them**** closed with this phrase:
If you would like to read a copy of (book title), please contact me.
well, ok, no.
This is the exact same problem of salesmanship (salessharkship?) we saw in yesterday's post about shooting yourself in the foot. When I said aim higher, I meant AWAY FROM YOURSELF.
Don't offer an "if you want to read this" option.
Assume the agent will.
Don't put the idea in my head that I don't even have to reply if I don't want to read it. Do not encourage this scandalous behaviour that other agents are fast turning into standard business practice.
Assume you will receive a reply. Assume it will be positive. Write accordingly.
This is how you close a query, NO FUCKING EXCEPTION: Thank you for your time and consideration.
(the uniformity of the last line, and how closely they all arrived leads me to suspect a querying workshop finished moments before I started reading my email.)