The excellent Writers in the Storm blog posted recently on Query letter pet peeves – Agents speak.
Listen up, writers. It’s hard enough to get an agent today. You at least want to do your best to avoid sending your masterpiece out into the world and having it summarily ignored because you’ve inadvertently angered your dream agent.
Eleven literary agents weigh in and share their pet peeves in query letters. As we know, agents are busy people who are buried under an avalanche of writing. It seems obvious that it’s easier for them to reject queries that don’t follow the basic rules.
Some of the advice is obvious – do your research, get the name of the agent correct, check for typos, have a clear idea of what an agent does. Others such as how much personal information to include, and how to structure your query may be new to you.
So, if you’re a writer querying or thinking about starting to query – be sure to first take a look at this helpful Writers in the Storm post.
And good luck!!