Today, I’m going to share snippets from some of the worst query letters we’ve received over the past couple of months. Yes, we can learn from others’ mistakes! Featured below are real quotes from query letters submitted to WritersWeekly.com.
Gets right to the point while being punctuation challenged.
Hi. Can I send my articles on this email, f yes, how the company will give me money
A few keys on his keyboard appear to be broken.
hey i want to do a guest post in your website.please reply me as soon as possible with rates of writing article.
Includes several mistakes, including typing errors and the failure to study the market as well as the publication’s guidelines.
I am (name removed) and I have articles that i have written and would like to sell them. The articles are original and they dwell on many topics. please advice me on the way forward if there is a way forward.
Goodness me. I hope not!
“No one has wrote a book like this before.”
Sometimes English as a second language comes across as robotic. He also failed to read the guidelines. Writers should never offer to write a test article. That’s a sure sign of an amateur. Of course, his query letter has already proven that his writing contains numerous errors. An editor on the receiving end of this would not request a sample article, and would certainly not assign one for a fee.
I am working in IT sector since 2.2 years and have skill in SEO and unique Article Writing which pass copy scape for greater than 80%. I request you to provide me article writing work for which i am paid back. i will write a test article for you if (needed/want to check).
Do you hear an echo???
I write writing about latest technologies and web contents.
Let me know if you are still takign up articles.
Not only is the writing awkward but he failed to check the writers’ guidelines. Failing to read the guidelines, and then asking about the method of payment in this manner, without even pitching an idea, is very unprofessional.
I’m very interested in write some articles per week for you. Can you show me which method you pay out?
And, a book proposal –
Hold onto your jaw. It’s about to drop.
I want to publish my book., its been reviewd and eddited and now I want a business for it ., promising a Top selling book . please contact me. tanks
For more, see World’s Worst Book Proposals HERE.
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