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!
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WHY WOULD A WRITING- AND PUBLISHING-RELATED PUBLICATION BE INTERESTED IN THESE TOPICS?
I would like to public articles on your platform about different topics such as politics, women issues, environment and social issues.
IF YOU WANT AN ASSIGNMENT, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO PROVIDE MORE INFO. THAN THIS.
I want in with the writing job.
THIS WAS HIS ENTIRE EMAIL. THERE WAS NO QUERY AT ALL.
“Is this article going to help readers make more money from their writing?”.
That is the Querry, Madam.
I WASN’T SURE HOW TO RESPOND TO THIS ONE.
i’am here the ennonce for workingwith you
i’am wait your anwer thanks
CLEARLY DIDN’T RESEARCH THE MARKET, OR EVEN BOTHER TO READ THE NAME OF THE PUBLICATION!
Your blog is an excellent resource on tips about animals. I am a fellow blogger passionate about cats as well, and I was wondering if you would be interested in having me guest blog on your website.
THIS IS NOT APPROPRIATE QUERY LANGUAGE.
Hi, Looking for a career in writing. Expecting your whole hearten support. Thank you.
ANOTHER ONE WHO DIDN’T RESEARCH THE MARKET!
I have a few suspense and thriller short stories in my bucket. I believe I could sell it to your website, kindly let me know if these are accepted.
DIDN’T RESEARCH THE MARKET, AND HAS A PROBLEM WITH SPELLING, CAPITALIZATION, AND PUNCTUATION.
m a freelancer writer ,i can be write about my country morocco and his challenges as well about its relations with europe ,africa and Mid eastern region,
WHY WOULD A WRITING PUBLICATION WANT ARTICLES ON NIGERIA?
I have written an article on ” 10 interesting facts about Nigeria” of about 2200 word count. Hoping to hear from you.
UM, NO, WE DON’T!
do you accept articles that are controversial and based on political situations in africa
DON’T SEND ATTACHMENTS, AND USE CORRECT ENGLISH WHEN APPROACHING AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PUBLICATION.
I am a 33 y.o. archivist and copywriter from Romania. I enjoy writing and I hope you will find interesting texts what I made.
In the attach is my article.
TWELVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND THEY STILL HAVEN’T MASTERED CAPITALIZATION OR PUNCTUATION?
i am with 12 years of exp in online writing and let me tell how can i take this forward to write in your weekly
SPELLING, CAPITALIZATION AND PUNCTUATION ARE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS.
i want to write for write weekly .com
THIS ONE LEFT ME SPEECHLESS…
how to i write or manage bloge and get more and more money plz say me in detail
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
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BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K – $100K Publishing Contracts
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“Your blog is an excellent resource on tips about animals.” Ah, yes, the ever-elusive Writercus Freelancerica. In their natural habitat, no less! Next week’s article details (polite) combat with Editorium NoPaysica.
….And then there was the book proposal I got when I was editing Frederick Fell Books about 30 years ago. It was purported to be interviews with famous people, such as Lincoln and Gandhi. The author claimed to have met them in the great beyond and returned to write down their conversations. His proof that he had done this? Pfft. Still, it had a better chance than The Grape Joke Book, illustrated by the author’s five-year-old. Or the manuscript-length queries from the guy in jail who issued threats if I didn’t respond quickly enough to suit his 30-year sentence. I did consider making an offer on The Peanut Butter Cookbook, but fortunately decided to test a couple of the recipes first. My dog refused to eat the results.
Every time I read ‘The World’s Worst Book Proposals’, I wonder what the I.Q. of the person writing the query is. I have never encountered anyone who has presented themselves in such a manner. Your company seems to be a ‘magnet’ for it. One word in defense of any email writer – commas are occasionally forgotten or misplaced. Email (in my opinion) is considered a very relaxed form of communication and people tend to write informally. However, what I have been reading in this ‘Worst Book Proposal’ series is absolute stupidity.