Recently I received a query at the "wrong" email address.
Since this happens a lot, I didn't think much about it, just glanced at it briefly and moved it to my Incoming Queries folder to be read later in the day.
An hour or so later, I get an email from one of our hotshot godsends. She monitors the general email inbox. She'd received the same query, and was forwarding it to several of us here for consideration.
Within a minute, a third agent chimed in: she'd also received the same query.
So, CleverBoots/IDon'tNeedNoStinkin'Guidelines in one fell swoop positioned himself as a difficult client. One who didn't read guidelines, or couldn't be bothered to follow them.
In other words, not someone I'm eager to work with.
Am I going to read his query? Sure. I'm not going to miss out just because an author did something relatively stupid and self-sabotaging.
BUT, your takeaway here is knowing work that arrives like this has to clear a much higher hurdle than the queries that arrive in proper order.
I've already drawn some conclusions about Clever Boots that aren't doing him much good.
When you query, and you follow the guidelines the best you can, you're SHOWING me you're someone I want to work with.
Yes, I'm looking for good projects, but I'm also looking for good clients.