This is an email received by our beloved Victoria Strauss who runs Writer Beware, a watchdog site that keeps track of nefarious bottom-feeders in our industry.
Can you spot all the things wrong here? (and I'm not counting the errors of syntax either)
Hint: it's more than ten. And there's one VERY big error.
(This is NOT a trick quiz!)
Hello, my name is [agent name redacted]. I am the literary agent for [author name redacted], who has a debut novel set to be published in January.
The novel’s working title is [book title redacted], and it is a Fantasy novel geared towards children and young adults. It’s a full-length novel, totaling over 100,000 words.
The novel is going through the final stages of editing and will be sent to a publisher soon. Because we understand that blogs may become all booked up by the time of publication, or even pre-publication, we are seeking to schedule a tour early. This tour is not strictly for blogs, we are seeking publicity on all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.
If you choose to partake in the tour, you would be supplied with a media pack based upon the type of post or feature you would like to do. The media pack would include, but is not limited to: Advanced Reader Copies of the novel, Synopsis, Images of exclusive Illustrations done specifically for the novel, a book trailer, graphics/banners, etc.
All tour participants will receive an entry to win a hard copy of the book after publication, a follow up interview the author if so desired, swag items, and $25 dollar gift card to Amazon.
The top five tour participants with the most traffic to the tour post will be entered into a giveaway to receive a SIGNED copy of the novel after publication, a follow up interview with the author if so desired, exclusive, custom-made swag, an interview with the illustrator, $50 dollar gift card, and exclusive opportunities for ARCs by [author name redacted].
All participants, if they so desired, will be featured on the Facebook page for the author and other platforms.
We are seeking to do a 2 month long tour, starting in December of this year until the end of January 2016. There are currently openings for the following:
Or a combination of any of these. If you have any other ideas, please do let us know. We’re open to suggestions. If you do not have a space on your blog, and would still like to participate via social media platforms, let us know!
Thank for you for your time in reading this. If you are interested, send us a date and the type of post you’d like to do!
Post your list in the comments column.
I'll provide what I think are the errors later in the day on Tuesday
Second pos is up!