I received a query from a prospective author today. He had all sorts of accolades; mentions in national newspapers; blurbs from authors; lots and lots of visibility. Of course he was querying me for a novel, and that doesn't require platform or visibility, but what the heck, it's nice if you've got it.
His query letter, sans links to articles about him, and the pages of the novel, was 515 words. I cut and pasted it into my word program just so I could count.
The other thing I counted? How many words there were about the book he wanted me to read.
That count: 14.
17 if you count the title.
2 words are adjectives describing the protagonist;
2 describe the world they live in.
How many words give a sense of the plot? 0
How many words give a sense of the choices the main characters face? 0
How many words entice me to read on? 0
Chances I'll read the pages? 0