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.
THERE, THEIR, THEY’RE – NOW, DON’T BE UPSET WHEN I HAVE TO REJECT YOUR QUERY FOR MISSING CAPITALIZATION AND PUNCTUATION, AND INCORRECT WORD USAGE.
i have a article which help readers to increase there knowledge
UNFORTUNATELY, NO, YOU CAN’T.
i like writing can be writer here?
REALLY? I HAVE SOME DOUBTS ABOUT THAT…
hy I m really good at free lancing
RUN-ON SENTENCE + MISSING AND INCORRECT PUNCTUATION = REJECTION LETTER
I want to write articles for your site what’s the process.
WHY WOULD A WRITING-RELATED PUBLICATION BE INTERESTED IN THIS? WE DELETE THESE TYPES OF QUERIES WITHOUT RESPONDING.
Are you interested in an article on whether the legal world is ready for conscious uncoupling?
THIS COULDN’T BE MORE OFF-TOPIC AND HER PERIOD AND QUESTION MARK KEYS ARE APPARENTLY BROKEN.
I want to write my personal story “How I started donating blood”
Can I send you my story
WHY WOULD I PUBLISH SUCH AN ARTICLE?
I would like to submit for your review a recent article I created for the subject of Netflix’s most recent hit ‘Making A Murderer’.
THIS PERSON USED OUR CONTACT PAGE TO SEND ME THIS MESSAGE.
Does your website have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it.
INCORRECT WORD USAGE AND COMPLETELY OFF-TOPIC.
Please find attached and article on long distance marriage, showing the struggles of this generation youth.
IF YOU CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO RESEARCH OUR PUBLICATION, I CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO RESPOND TO YOUR QUERY.
do you need an article about helicopters? careers or simply how a helicopter works? Thanks
READ OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES. THE LINK IS ON THE PAGE YOU USED TO SEND ME THIS MESSAGE.
How can I submit my paragraph & how I collect my money ?
SHAKING MY HEAD…
i am a fresh writer need some money by writing i am very much interested in articles[Political or non political] and short stories please let me know your requirement and type.
WE HAVE NEVER PUBLISHED JOKES, AND NEVER WILL.
I live in nigeria , and I know how to write joke a lot ; I want to ask how I can sell my jokes in this site
NO, WE CAN’T WORK WITH YOU BECAUSE WE KNOW YOUR ARTICLE WILL HAVE THE SAME TYPES OF ERRORS AS YOUR QUERY.
Hello, I wrote an article about online jobs by writing. you publish it?
Hi how are you, hope you will be Good, i’m student of 2nd Year and i want to get online writing job, bcs of my Financial Problems and it pays me well, or I’m not suitable for those Jobs, you can give me an advise what to do, that gives me a success Profit .
WE DON’T PUBLISH POETRY, AND NEVER WILL. RESEARCH YOUR MARKET.
I want to publish a poem on writersweekly.com. kindly guide me through the procedure of publishing.
SHORTEST QUERY EVER!
you need writers maam
DESPERATION IS VERY UNPROFESSIONAL…AND SO ARE ERRORS.
How can I summit my writing to you and how much can i get paid and I will do anything to get paid even if it takes all day and night even weeks I love my work and need to get money for my family
NO NO NO NO NO!!!
i need a gud job in online to make my future bright i just have a creative skill
YOU’RE EXPECTING PAYMENT FOR SOMETHING I DIDN’T ORDER, NOR THAT I WOULD EVER USE?
Kindly find the attachment its an article about Food allergy and food intolerance
in children. I’m expecting a payment for this article.
PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!
im an article writer. here to give you my best and unique articles
AFTER REJECTING A BOOK WITH UNCOMPREHENSIBLE WRITING, I WAS ACCUSED OF PLANNING TO STEAL THEIR MANUSCRIPT.
do not try what am thinking. it’s already protected under copyright.
incase you never knew the full name, its barister (real first and last name removed).
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, 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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