December 12th, 2008

books

letters from the query wars

# of queries read this week: 134
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: YA(fantasy)


Things that made me go hmmm.... -or- huh? while reading queries this week:

* queries sent electronically that say there is an SASE enclosed (I can has proofreading nao?)
* people who say "as per the submission guidelines on your website" and then send three chapters as an attachment
* people who include the text of a rejection from a publisher as part of their pitch
* people who tell me what their GPA in college was
* a new apparent trend of no actual query letter -- just the synopsis all by its lonesome
* getting the same query 3 times in 10 days when you have a response time of 2-3 weeks listed on the website
* people who explain in their query why the guidelines on the DMLA website don't apply to them