I have a list of ways to guarantee your query will be rejected the instant I see it.
I'm pretty clear about the list. I even post it here on the sidebar.
I haven't added to it in a while; it's not in my best interest to be rigid crazy about query letters. Honest to Helvetica, you don't even see "spell my name right" on this list. I can live with "Read" "Reade" "Reid" "Reed" and "snookums" if I have to.
But as of tonight I've absolutely fucking HAD IT with people who query me and feel obliged to include some sort of comment about those dreadful books being published today.
If the reason for this is not clear let me spell it out: it's insulting.
So, the short list is updated.