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.
HAVING SPACE BAR ISSUES? PERHAPS OVERUSED FROM GAMING?
i want to become a writer.Why?Well,I wanna share my emotions AND i wanna earn some cash to get some virtual items on a game(CS:GO).
WHY WOULD A WRITING-RELATED PUBLICATION BE INTERESTED IN THIS ARTICLE?
Sufism-inspired Strategy to Curb Religious Extremism of ISIS
HER SHIFT AND PUNCTUATION KEYS ARE OBVIOUSLY BROKEN.
hi i would like very much to write for you i,am a great writer and really need a monetary outlet for my writing passion i know i can move your readers in some way. so i would love to purpose a partnership i can generate more visual traffic to this site via you tube thank you for your time
I wonder if you agree on a guest blogging about timeshares in your blog. T
DON’T DRINK AND QUERY!
I go by the name of (removed) living east africa tanzania im intrested with being a freelacer writer…in building construction carieer,because ihave enogh experience with the job…and i hold a certificate of masonry and bricklaying…please help me to find where ican be paid for this job
FOR STARTERS, YOU CAN USE CORRECT CAPITALIZATION AND PUNCTUATION. AND, YOU CAN READ THE WRITER’S GUIDELINES. THE LINK IS ON THE TOP OF EVERY PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE.
HI, I would like to write article. how can I start?
Hello,I’m really interested in freelancing and earning money via writing and sharing life experiments,i have a wide experience in writing and specially English culture if i can write for your bloggers community that would be so great and i will be really satisfied,thank you for replying to my message asap take care,god bless you.
ANOTHER ONE WHO DIDN’T BOTHER TO RESEARCH THEIR TARGET MARKET.
Actually I’m writing a space fiction story if u r interested please let me know to get it published here is a glimpse of my story
OBVIOUSLY, THIS PERSON DID **NOT** READ OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES.
Hello Miss Angela
I read your Writer’s Guidelines. But I did not understand how to write articles for your website. For example I must send you subject after your website accept I can write articles or I must write articles with my subject and send you for review. I do not know which kind of system your website. could explain for me.
Thanks for mentioning.
ANOTHER ONE WHO DIDN’T READ THE GUIDELINES…
I write tiny tales ranging from 10-20 to 50-80 words, as i believe that real capability lies in expressing through least possible lines. I own a personal blog of self too. It would be an honour for my writings to be published in your weekly and also get a deserving amount for that. Wanted to know details about how do I start with this and how much will I be paid back. Expecting an early recognition of my Writings.
YOU WANT ME TO CONSIDER PURCHASING PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES ON TOPICS COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO WRITING? NO, THANK YOU.
My website includes near by 350 articles on 24 different topics.
i wish you definitely like my work there. waiting for yr best reply
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
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QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments
BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K ñ $100K Publishing Contracts
Can’t Afford An Editor? Try These Four Fun Steps For A Much Cleaner Manuscript!
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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 has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises.
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