Oh, yes! We know you’re excited!! Today, we’re going to share another installment of our popular column, World’s Worst Query Letters and Book Proposals.
We’ve been savings these for a few weeks now so there are a LOT to entertain you! As always, I’ve saved the best for last!
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. When someone contacts us using our online contact form, directly above that form is a link to our writer’s guidelines, in a very large, bold, red font. The link to our guidelines is also at the top of every page on our website.
WE REFUSE TO FILL OUR WEBSITE WITH A BUNCH OF SCAM ADVERTORIALS.
I want to post on this website. Please let me know this price of each post with dofollow link. I am waiting for your reply.
FIRST, LEARN CORRECT SPELLING AND CAPITALIZATION. SECOND, READ OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES, WHICH APPEAR ON THE TOP OF EVERY PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE.
I want submit a article for your webset.. how can i submit it..? Please help me.
I WAS SO DIZZY AFTER READING THIS THAT I HAD TO CLICK THE DELETE BUTTON. (AND, WHAT IS A HARD COPY SUBSTANCE? IT SOUNDS POISONOUS!)
I’m master recorded as a hard copy substance and articles , likewise a General Photographer, help individuals how to bring in cash online adjacent to this at present I am a website guide . kindly show me how to submit my articles on your website thanks.
I’M TRYING TO MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FREELANCE WRITING AND LAUNCHING A FASHION BRAND. THINKING. THINKING.. STILL THINKING… NOPE. I CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT.
I’m an an entrepreneur, author and poet. I’m currently taking exams. I want to earn by writing so that I can officially launch my fashion brand soon.
IF YOU CAN’T TAKE THE TIME TO READ OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES, I CAN’T TAKE THE TIME TO RESPOND TO YOUR QUERY.
I’m interested in sending you an article on pets, animals, topics that contain original, rigorous, and up-to-date content. I believe it’s worth publishing and should interest your readers.
IS IT JUST ME OR IS THIS ONE A BIT OUT OF ORDER?
Hello, Have a good day! I would like to share with you that I want to submit an article on your site.
UM, I ALREADY WRITE ARTICLES FOR MY OWN WEBSITE.
Would you consider being an article writer on your website?
READ OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THEREIN, AND USE CORRECT PUNCTUATION WHEN QUERYING US.
How to join your offer ma’am Angela?
WE CAN’T ACCEPT AN ARTICLE UNTIL/UNLESS YOU QUERY US, RECEIVE AN ASSIGNMENT, AND SUBMIT A QUALITY ARTICLE THAT OUR READERS WILL ENJOY.
i will write an article for you . kindly accept my article
IT’S PRETTY EASY TO TELL WHEN SOMEBODY SPAMS A BUNCH OF EDITORS, AND JUST PLUGS THAT WEBSITE’S NAME INTO THE EMAIL.
I wish to see and help people strive just like others have done me and there is no better place to do that than publishing on Writer’s Weekly, the most efficient writers website. I hope you can take my proposal into consideration and I hope to receive a response.
CAN YOU READ OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES?
Are you looking for any particular topic? Can you only submit one story?
I THINK MY EMAIL PROGRAM’S TRASH CAN WOULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOUR QUERY.
I’m dropping you a line to see if you’re accepting new guest bloggers. I write about “Hair Transplant” and thought an article about this topic would be a good fit for your blog.
THE 4-WORD QUERY LETTER.
How did company pay.
IF THIS WAS TRUE (IT’S NOT!), YOU’D KNOW ALL ABOUT WRITER’S GUIDELINES AND QUERY LETTERS.
Hi, I am an experienced article writer and blogger. I have 7 years of experience writing on various freelance writing platforms, and now I want to write for you.
SENDING FORM EMAILS LIKE THIS IS A WASTE OR YOUR AND EVERY EDITOR’S TIME.
How to apply to write for writers weekly and what kind of article or on what topic specifically I can submit as sample.
WHY ARE YOU WASTING TIME QUERYING A WEBSITE ABOUT WRITING AND PUBLISHING WITH THIS?!
I would like to submit a short story I wrote regarding the death of an individual in mental health hospital.The death was caused by gangsters who he’d somehow crossed and who found him in said hospital.
ARRRGHHH!!! READ OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES!!
Where I publish article in your site?
A CLASSIC SIGN OF A HOBBYIST WRITER. HE’S NOT A PROFESSIONAL.
Hello, I would like to write for your site. Writing is my passion and job. I like to share with others, and if sharing information can help someone, I feel good.
IT’S PRETTY NAUGHTY OF YOU TO PITCH THIS TO A WEBSITE THAT COVERS WRITING AND PUBLISHING. AND, YOUR SHIFT KEY APPEARS TO BE BROKEN.
i am writing erotic stories. please could you tell me the payment option or eligibility option.
YOU ARE NOT AN EXPERT WRITER.
I am an expert writer and I wish I could find my opprtunity I can provide featured articles, covering many interesting topics
REALLY? ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A WRITING PARTY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT??
I would like to join you guys writing
MY FIRST THREAT-BY-QUERY!
A writer submitted a form query to us (which I would have ignored anyway) but, at the top, was a meme of a mob boss saying, “Think carefully before you answer.”
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters RIGHT HERE.
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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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