Today, I’m going to share another installment of our popular column, World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters. Yes, we can learn from others’ mistakes! Featured below are real quotes from query letters (and two book proposals) submitted to us over the past few months.
DIDN’T STUDY THE MARKET…AND HIS SHIFT AND QUESTION MARK KEYS ARE BROKEN.
can u indicate which type of articles you take.
NO MATTER HOW GREAT THE QUERY IDEA MAY BE, IF THE CORRESPONDENCE CONTAINS THIS MANY ERRORS, AND ASKS QUESTIONS THAT WERE ALREADY ANSWERED IN THE GUIDELINES, THE EDITOR ISN’T GOING TO WORK WITH THE WRITER. PERIOD.
How much is the salary rate to write for you, like for each word?Will all my articles somehow be approved e.g., you will correct my article if there’s any mistake?
ANOTHER ONE WHO DIDN’T STUDY THE MARKET, OR READ THE GUIDELINES.
What topics can I write for you at present?
I HOPE HIS OR HER PARENTS AREN’T PAYING MUCH FOR TUITION!
i am a student so can i make job
I READ THIS THREE TIMES AND I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT.
Just search product related to your blog and remaing will explain in article.
CAPITALIZATION-, SPELLING-, AND PUNCTUATION-CHALLENGED.
hello i want to submitt my article please let me know how can i submitt.
NEVER ORDER AN EDITOR TO REPLY “IMMEDIATELY”…ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR QUERY CONTAINS THESE TYPES OF ERRORS.
Please i want to write for you and get paid reply me immediately
I DON’T THINK HE READ OUR GUIDELINES, OR KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT OUR PUBLICATION AT ALL!
We can discuss about business opportunities. we can share work to increase our productivity and income.
IT’S RARE TO FIND THE PERIOD, QUESTION MARK, COMMA AND SHIFT KEYS ALL BROKEN ON ONE KEYBOARD!
do you not have article guset post work available anymore please let me know as I would love to do a guest post thanks
I’M NOT GOING TO HIRE A GHOSTWRITER IF THEY CAN’T USE CORRECT GRAMMAR.
Do you have interest in recruit a ghost writer?
“PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH?” I THINK NOT!
I want to submit some of my poems on you website or if you have any book publication. And i would like to know the procedure. I am a professor of English and served across the globe. I have been writing from many years but never published any book or a poety. Now im thinking of publishing some of them.
hope to hear from me.
FIRST, NEVER SEND ATTACHMENTS WITHOUT FIRST ASKING IF IT’S OKAY. SECOND, USE CORRECT PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION!
My article is in attachments, please accept i am really wait your respond
A 7-WORD QUERY (WITH ERRORS).
What type of articles should i submit
PLEASE! SOMEBODY MAKE IT STOP!!
Im keen in writing for writers weekly. Kindly letme know regarding any particular topic you are looking for
I want to write my life story because I want to teach other woman or young girls what is life about and what’s the riyalaty of life n marage.
EVER WONDER HOW SOME AUTHORS GET BLACKLISTED?
This one wanted us to publish her book free-of-charge under our Abuzz Press imprint. Her book was previously published but she refused to provide sales numbers. Without sales numbers, or even a manuscript, we, of course, could not agree to publish her book. This was her response to our professional rejection letter:
Thanks for revealing your real persona. It goes from you need a manuscript to you need the stats on the book – you always need something else- lady – what you really need is a cage. Why don’t you get a real job?
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, 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).
Angela lives on a 52' Irwin Center Cockpit Ketch (sailboat) with her family and pets. Keep up with her family's adventurous liveaboard lifestyle at GotNoTanLines.com
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
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