June 11th, 2010

books

letters from the query wars 6/11/2010

# of queries responded to this week: 142
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 3
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: fantasy (1), YA contemporary (1), YA urban fantasy (1)


oldest query in the queue: May 18


A sampling of sentences that should not have appeared in my queries (if the writers had read submission guidelines):

"I will assume, if I don't hear back from you within three days, that you are not interested"

"Below, I’m including a short sample from the middle of the book"

"Here are the first three chapters"

"I would love the chance to send you a synopsis"

"I have enclosed my query letter and ten chapters of my book." [said documents attached]


This is your brain on queries. Any questions?