Oh, yes! We know you’re excited!! Today, I’m going to share another installment of our popular column, World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters. Featured below are real quotes from query letters and book proposals submitted to us over the past few weeks.
Yes, we can learn from others’ mistakes!
In case you’re a new reader, please know that we are a publication about writing and publishing FOR WRITERS. See if you can recognize the theme of errors below.
HER SHIFT KEY DOESN’T WORK ONLY WHEN SHE REFERS TO HERSELF? AND A COMMA IS HER ONLY FORM OF PUNCTUATION?
i am College Graduate and writer want to write stories Trends and article i visit your website but i want some more details, how much time do you take for article review if i submit today how many days do you take for publishing,
WELL, AT LEAST HE’S HONEST.
I have no experience to write this type of articles. I want to work with you and I need guidance of you.
HE IS NOT REALLY A FAN BECAUSE HE’S OBVIOUSLY NEVER READ OUR GUIDELINES. WRITERS, NEVER OFFER TO WRITE FOR FREE. IT’S A HALLMARK SIGN OF AN AMATEUR AND DOING SO DEGRADES THE VALUE OF ALL WRITERS’ WORK.
My name is (REMOVED), a 29 year old psychologist. As a genuine fan, I am very interested in writing for you on a voluntary/trial/part time basis, and I am totally open to covering any topic of interest. At present, I write for a few magazines covering areas of music, culture & psychology, please find links to a few of my pieces below.
NO! DON’T LIKE! BECAUSE THE ARTICLE WAS ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET!
Here an article for you! like?
FIREST? LOUSE YOUR EMOTION? WHAT?!?!
Today is my firest day & trying to send my queries.
Actually Im reading many of these freelance writers success stories & blogs from last two days,
Most carefully I have read (name removed) freelance success story I have learn most of the thought from his freelance writing.
Actually no one is perfect in there firest time work place,
But if we connect with any business we must want to try do it more better than last time, Firest time we will have so many problems but we never louse our emotion,T
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES BEFORE CONTACTING US. IF YOU CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO READ A PUBLICATION’S GUIDELINES, THE EDITOR WON’T BOTHER TO RESPOND TO YOUR QUERY.
I want Publish sponsor article on your site Please send me your price and other detail
I want to ask youI need someone that maybe you can help me get started on writing about a story about my life um I want to like to write a book and I want to know if you can help me
SADLY, BEFORE YOU MAKE A CAREER, YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.
i am new at this and want ti make a creer, help me shine
ANOTHER ONE WHO DIDN’T BOTHER TO RESEARCH THE MARKET.
I am writing this email regarding content writing. I love writing about new various topics including, web, internet, health, NSFW and so on. All the content are written original in nature and copyrighted material.
THIS LADY CAN’T BE SERIOUS!!!
My name is (removed). I would love to contribute to Writers Weekly. Problem is I only like to write short stories rather than articles. Short stories can range to romance, mystery, horror etc genre. Do you have any space and requirement for this kind of writing?
AND, ANOTHER ONE WHO DIDN’T RESEARCH THE MARKET.
wanna write articles that may be well for society
WHY WOULD A PUBLICATION FOR WRITERS BUY AN ARTICLE ON CHILD CARE AWARENESS?!?!
I want to sell article of 800+ words 100% unique about
“Child care awareness” and i want to sell it do you interested thanks reply if you can pay more than 60$+ thanks
IF YOU’RE A COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATE, I’M A NUCLEAR SCIENTIST.
Well inshaallah i wil also be tying the know in few months.
well what kind of books/articles you write ? i am a computer science graduate working as an Assisstant Professor.
IF YOU READ OUR GUIDELINES, YOU’D KNOW THAT HAVING A WEBSITE ISN’T A REQUIREMENT TO WRITE FOR US. BUT, USING CORRECT CAPITALIZATION AND SPELLING IS.
Please, i do not owe no website. I only operate on email. Thank you.
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
When Freelance Writers are Toxic, Unstable, and Abusive to Editors
Trying To “Trick” Editors Can (And Will) Backfire
QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments
BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K – $100K Publishing Contracts
Can’t Afford An Editor? Try These Four Fun Steps For A Much Cleaner Manuscript!
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Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
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