It’s only been about six weeks since the last one but we’ve been getting lots of queries and book proposals lately. So, 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!
JUST A BIT OF RESEARCH ON QUERYING (AND A WORKING SPELL-CHECKER!) WOULD MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.
hi I am trying to figure out how I can write stuff ad earn money doing tha
DIDN’T STUDY THE MARKET. WE ONLY PUBLISH WRITING- AND PUBLISHING-RELATED ARTICLES!
Hi I want to write article on nutrition ,i am very fond of writing please tell me the details how and where I can submit my articles to earn money
IF YOU CAN’T SPELL, CAPITALIZE CORRECTLY, NOR USE CORRECT PUNCTUATION, YOU CAN’T WRITE FOR ME, NOR FOR ANYONE ELSE.
i might be
iuntrested in writing articles for your website , so i would like to
know how you i can join as a Freelance writer
I “WANNA” FIND MORE WRITERS WHO KNOW HOW TO QUERY CORRECTLY!
I wanna write for you Any need
HE SENT AN UNRELATED ARTICLE (NOT ABOUT WRITING OR PUBLISHING) AS AN ATTACHMENT. WE DON’T OPEN ATTACHMENTS FROM PEOPLE WE DON’T KNOW. OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES CLEARLY STATE THAT FACT.
440 words,please use my article
THIS AUTHOR ASSUMED I REJECTED HIS PREVIOUS POORLY WRITTEN BOOK FOR “RACIAL” REASONS?! SO, HE SUBMITTED ANOTHER POORLY WRITTEN BOOK, AND INSULTED ME IN THE PROCESS. DID HE THINK THAT WAS GOING TO MAKE ME MORE WILLING TO PUBLISH HIS BOOK? IT HAD THE OPPOSITE EFFECT.
I had once submitted to you but you were racial then.
(Read THIS disturbing article about all the authors who have accused me of religious, racial, and sexual orientation discrimination rather than accept the fact that their manuscripts just weren’t ready for prime time.)
I’M A PUBLISHER AND I NEED TO KNOW WHY YOU CAN’T USE CORRECT PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION.
I am a professional Writer I need to know your procedure and you criteria. procedure includes the the process it takes for an article to get accepted and the modes of payments available. and criteria is a set of requirements that you normally accept from an article
I am interests red in writing weekly articles kindly give me topics. Give me an opportunity to work.
PLEASE REVERT? TO WHAT???
I am interested in writing articles. Please revert.
WOW! THAT’S ONE HECK OF A RUN-ON SENTENCE!!
Hello I would like to write for you but I want know how will I get payment and how I submit my articles and this if you would like me to work for you.
AN EVEN BIGGER RUN-ON SENTENCE! I FEEL DOWNRIGHT BREATHLESS AFTER READING THIS ONE.
Hi I am a writer I would like to team up with you meaning every week you sent me topics that you need me to write and I write them for you because you know you always need content so email me back and tell me do we have a deal I can write about any topic.
THE LINK TO OUR GUIDELINES IS AT THE TOP OF OUR WEBSITE. BOOKS ON CORRECT PUNCTUATION AND CAPTALIZATION CAN BE FOUND AT ANY BOOKSTORE.
I myself want to become a writer for writersweekly may I know the details and procedure of it ?
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!
i want my article to be posted in your page.what can i do for that?
THIS WAS THE FIRST SENTENCE OF AN ARTICLE SUBMITTED ON SPEC.
The internet is crammed to the brim with articles on how to make money with you writing, but how many of those articles actually help a writer land his or her fist target=”_blank”>Freelance writing job?
I WANT MONEY, TOO, BUT I KNOW TO READ A PUBLICATION’S WRITER’S GUIDELINES BEFORE APPROACHING THEM FOR WORK. I ALSO DON’T USE CELL PHONE SLANG IN MY BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE.
I want to join as soon as possible bcoz i want money
Read more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
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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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