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.
I WOULD NEVER HIRE A WRITER WHO SPELLS “GUYS” LIKE A TEENAGER! AND, HE CLEARLY DIDN’T READ OUR GUIDELINES.
I want to write articles for your company. Give me any title or idea and i will write a article for you guyz.
I COULDN’T HELP MYSELF. I LAUGHED OUT LOUD AT THIS ONE.
What skills to write an article? Anyone can write an article. Of course we must not make a spelling error with the word, but everyone has already written essays at school, and there it looks great.
NOT ONLY DID HE “WROTE” THIS ARTICLE BY HIMSELF, BUT IT WAS ABOUT OCEANS.
I have an article entirely wrote by me for your website.
EITHER HER KEYBOARD IS BROKEN OR SHE’S A TERRIBLY SLOPPY TYPIST.
I would like to apply for a position as one of your writers .How do i go about that I love writing articles.Thank you in advance
JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN THINK AND TYPE DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN WRITE. AND, WHY MENTION DYING? THIS WAS ODD AND UNPROFESSIONAL.
I am a writer. I think, I type, I die. I would love to send you some pieces, and maybe get published. How can we do that?
you say you dont except poems
do you except sayings
IF ENGLISH ISN’T YOUR PRIMARY LANGUAGE, READ THIS BEFORE QUERYING ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PUBLICATIONS.
Hi my name is (removed) and I live outside of US, I want to write articles for your website, people keep telling me that I have a great writing style, hope to get a respond from you soon.
DITTO THE ONE ABOVE.
Hi, i’m highly motivated to write anything you say, if you want ti check me please give me a chance…I have experience at my country, thank you.
THE SALUTATION IS IMPERSONAL, THE WRITING IS VERY CHOPPY, AND YOU SHOULD NEVER, EVER OFFER TO WRITE FOR FREE. THAT’S A CLASSIC SIGN OF AN AMATEUR. IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED A PROFESSIONAL, EXPECT PAYMENT FOR YOUR SERVICES.
I’m writing to tell you that I’m very interested about this kind of job. I always want to write everything. I can write for companies, markets, other business…
I hope that you will accept my work request and I will start working. At least as a volunteer at the beginning.
WHY WOULD A WRITING PUBLICATION BUY THIS ARTICLE?!
Please find attached an entrusting and motivational article about volunteering in National Parks.
PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND QUERY!
Hi, so this is my petension of writting to your site. I already have experience in writting as a freelancer to a travel website, articles for local magazines in my town. So i think o could help the starters that just like me felt a littke kost in the beggining of everythin and encourage them to follow the dream of gain the kife as a writer. Hope you cosider it! Best Regars.
…AND AVOID RECREATIONAL DRUGS WHEN QUERYING, TOO!
Hi, Angella! I would like to start th e following month with writing the articles only accoding to the theme you send me. I may change he direction of writinaccording to your preferance, the amount of articles wil be the same – 60items per one letter will be nly 8-9 articles. I would lie to now whether tere is some paymen fr the passes may i know about it. As fars as it si considred over here you pa directly, there is no points there yet
with deep respect
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
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