I've previously mentioned here that I'm on the hunt for new projects to take on; I'm reading more fulls and signing more new clients than I have in the last few years. In other words, your chances are better now than they have been in a while.
But of course a few of you have taken this opportunity to wreak revenge. You've queried in ways that make me NUTSO. Well, job well done. I am mad as hatter these days, and the head of Hat Wearers of the World has noticed:
How have you accomplished this?
Here's a list:
1. Start your query with some sort of startling statistic or news event, only to tell me later on that this is a novel, not a non-fiction book proposal. Don't gear your novel to statistics or current events. Just do NOT.
2. Tell me how well published you are, but tell me nothing about the new book. I discard those cause I am not going to presume to instruct you on how to query if you're well-published.
3. Insert page numbers or headings (like ms title/author name) by hand rather than using the commands in your word processing program. This means that when you send me a full manuscript, and I change the font, or the margins, the page numbers are NOT at the bottom of the page any longer. I can't imagine why anyone inserts page numbers by hand anymore (perhaps a reader here could shed some light?) but DO NOT DO IT.