I’ve been cleaning off my messy writing space in a semi-annual effort, and amid the overlooked corn chips and mutant dust bunnies, I found a battered folder that I thought I’d trashed long ago. Inside were an embarrassing amount of old query letters from projects I’d forgotten all about.
God, how they sucked. No wonder agents and editors seem to hit the bottle at around 3 p.m. on a weekday.
Since then I’ve become much better at writing a query, skills burned in the furnace of rejection. I’ve learned to avoid five pitfalls to a rejected (or worse, ignored) query letter.