Hi Janet, Dewey Cheatham here. I don't think we've "met" so I should say at once that I'm getting in touch here with my consultant's hat on because I hope you'll take a look at something I think is really terrific and in your wheel house. AUTHOR's TITLE, (description) knocked me out when I saw a first draft a while back, and it has gotten better and better ever since.
I'm attaching a short synopsis that will tell you more, along with the ms itself to save us all time, and the author bio so you can see his impressive bona fides. I've also been trying to come up with a comparable [sic] or two that will convey the very special pleasure this story offers (comp explanation)
The final point to be made is that TITLE has never been submitted to any editor/publisher and you're part of a limited group of agents to whom I'm sending it. I feel so strongly about the excellence of this work that I'm not putting any fancy time limits or constrictions on the submission. Take a look, please, and tell me what you think.
First thought: who the hell are you and why are you sending me someone else's work?
Second thought: you're wasting my time. You've clearly ignored my submission guidelines about attachments (I don't open them) and no submissions from third parties. Those guidelines aren't for "other people". They're for everyone. Particularly people I've never heard of.
Third thought: geeze louise, I hope the author didn't pay you any money for this "service". That vast silence you hear is no one paying attention to you. Positioning yourself as a "consultant" doesn't move you to the head of the line. It moves you to the auto-rejection bin.
In other words 0-3.
That's an out, retire the team, everyone goes home, see ya later.
If you are a writer and someone offers to "help you" pitch your novel by sending queries for you SAY NO. No matter how enticing they make it sound. No matter how "connected" they claim to be. Anyone who claims this is effective is WRONG.
I don't think this "consultant" is actively trying to line his own pockets at the expense of authors. I think he's simply clueless. It's not a scam, it's just useless. Unfortunately the only person who loses out here is the writer who thinks his book isn't getting any love when that's not the case at all.
And for the contrarians among you (and yes I know there are many) who say "well, jeeze SharkForBrains, just read the damn thing already" let's all remember this:
1. I have no idea if the author has agreed to let Dewey Cheatham pitch his ms.
2. This "query" wasn't written by the author and doesn't actually tell me anything about the book.
3. Someone who is so uninformed as to allow this is a writer who will require a LOT of extra work. Guess how much I want to sign up for that?
4. I don't even want to hazard a guess at what kind of fee structure a consultant like this sets up. A bonus if the agent replies? A percentage of the deal if the agent sells the book? This kind of thing bothers me a lot, and frankly I don't want to be part of it.
Just about the only time I'd actually take one more step and read some of this is if it was a non-fiction book on a topic I was perishing to work on. Off the top of my head I can't think of a topic like that but I'm sure there must be one. For a novel? No way.
Querying EVERY AGENT IN THE WORLD is easy: send a query. Wait for a reply. You don't need anyone to grease the skids, perform an introduction, move you to the head of the line, wrap you in some kind of embrace of familiarity.
I read queries from total strangers every day. I sign authors because I love their books not because some consultant read it first and vetted it for me.
This is a very simple game. Throw the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball.