Honestly, if you've done any preparation at all for your new career as a writer, you should realize word count is something to pay attention to.
If your novel is 25K or 225K I'm not going to explain this to you because you're so sure you're an exception to the laws of profitability you won't listen.
2. Describing women by how they look with nary a mention of character.
I'm done with this. 100% done with this. I'm not going to explain myself. I'm going to pass.
3. Telling me you're ignorant about how publishing works.
The internet isn't a new toy.
Research isn't a new fangled app.
There are books, apps, blogs, and people who will come to your house and tutor you one on one.
Querying while ignorant doesn't work. I'm not going to explain that. I'm sure as hell not going to coach you. I'm going to pass.
4. Failing to mention that all your previous books are self-published.
Did you think I wouldn't notice?
5. Being unable to use the tools of the trade.
If you don't know how to use word processing software, attach docs to an email, and use email, I'm going to pass on your written query. We're long past the point where this is something new.
6. Pitching multiple books in one query.
The purpose of the query is to entice me to read, not tell me you have a book.
Understand the difference.
Do I sound testy?
I am testy.
I know the readers of this blog would never do any of the things on this list, of course; I'm just venting after some not-so-quality time in the queryfields this weekend.
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