Query Letter Pet Peeves – Agents Speak

Although this is still quite far away, the query and submission stage is nonetheless terrifying. This information is -while not necessarily comforting- I’d informative. Take a peek.

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Chuck Sambuchino

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Ready to send your book out and contact agents? The last thing you want to do is to rush that submission out the door and hurt your book’s chances.

When submitting your all-important query to agents or editors, it’s not just a question of what to write in the letter—it’s also a question of what not to write.

I asked 11 literary agents about their personal query letter pet peeves and compiled them below. Check out the list to learn all about what details to avoid in a query that could sink your submission—such as vague wording, too much personal information, grammatical mistakes, and much more.

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“I think the biggest querying no-no I’ve ever seen was when an author tracked down some sensitive personal information and included it in their cover letter. Eeep! As agents we absolutely love when authors do their…

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