I'm working through a backlog of email that stacked up while I was laid low with The Galloping Crud, and found this:
I'm not sure if you're aware, but it appears someone hacked into your Blogger account. I received this creepy comment on my blog last night from your username and it links back to your private profile, with the same Blogger ID number.
My email hacked! My blogger account hacked!
To quote one of my favorite writers "what the skedily fuck?"
So I went to the blog in question.
Hey, I remember this. I found it through a link on twitter. There was a nice post on revealing things in the right order.
And then there was the offer to contribute:
Your turn. Share some reveals from your story, or make up some new ones. The funnier, the better.
And I had:
I'm being blackmailed.
If I don't do what they ask, I'll be killed.
What they're asking is for me to kill someone.
That someone is you.
Reading that out of context is a little creepy!
This is exactly what can happen in a query. Something you think is edgy or funny, is completely misinterpreted by the reader. Be really careful with things like
"By the time you receive this letter you will know that someone has kidnapped your child—that someone is me. I can promise you that this time you will not be sending me a rejection letter.”
And I guess I should be first in line to follow my own advice, huh.