Oh, yes! We know you’re excited!! Today, we’re 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. When someone contacts us using our online contact form, directly above that form is a link to our writer’s guidelines. See if you recognize the themes below.
VAGUE, CHOCK FULL OF ERRORS, AND OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T CLICK ON THE GUIDELINES LINK
I would like to work with your organisation.Hence, I would like to know how shall I proceed & what shall i do inorder to work with the organisation.I am capable of doing the things & I am a keen learner . So, I would be highly oblized if you kindly acknowledge the matter & grant me your honour for the same.
ALL WRITERS SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPELL “WRITING”
I enjoy writting, I’ve written a story and the following is what my story is all about. Let me know if you are keen so that I can send the full story.
ALL WRITERS SHOULD ALSO KNOW HOW TO SPELL “WRITE”
Hello there, I was wondering if there was any articles that i could right about?
I’M NOT SURE WHAT THIS MEANS, NOR WHY THIS PERSON THINKS SOMEONE WOULD HIRE HIM/HER BASED ON THESE SIX WORDS…WITH NO PUNCTUATION TO BOOT!
I want to write paid article
A GOOD WRITER, HUH???
Hire me I am a good writer . I can write 600 words articles with quality wrtiting and improved and good words. you will.absoulutely like my work .
“NECESSARY” FOR YOU???
Well, I actually want to write for writersweekly, I feel like is necessary for me and I’m fluent in both grammar and verbal speaking.
NEVER, EVER, EVER USE CELL PHONE ABBREVIATIONS WHEN CONTACTING EDITORS! AND, THERE’S A NIFTY PERIOD KEY ON YOUR CELLPHONE KEYBOARD. I RECOMMEND YOU FIND IT.
I want to write a article for u give me a chance to show u my skills
AN “EXPECT” WRITER WHO ALSO USES CELL PHONE ABBREVIATIONS
I am not a expect writer but still I am writing some stories if u give me the chance then I can publish my stories
YOUR WRITING STYLE IS NOT GOOD AND YOUR SPACE BAR IS HAVING SOME ISSUES
I am a College graduate. I can write in any topics ,my writing style is good .
ALL WRITERS SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPELL “FOR”
Im Insterested in writing four your page.
I like so much writing, I made a lot of experience at school, can you tell me an argoment for write and submit you an article?
DOES HE WANT TO GET RID OF THE “FEEL” OF IDEAS IN HIS MIND?
Lot of ideas come in to my mind and I have no plat form at the moment to elaborate them. I hope, this feel soon will come to an end.
ALWAYS CORRECTLY USE PAST- AND PRESENT-TENSE AND GRAMMAR WHEN APPROACHING EDITORS.
i have a great book to publish and the book is one of the best selling if it come out.
YOU COULD START BY CLICKING ON OUR WRITERS GUIDELINES LINK, WHICH IS DIRECTLY ABOVE THE BOX IN WHICH YOU TYPED YOUR MESSAGE.
hi dear how can i write articles for writers weekly??(how i sumbit the article? )and can i write more than article daily ? so i’ll get paid for each article right ?
WHEN AN AUTHOR CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO CHECK OUR GUIDELINES, I CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO RESPOND TO THEIR QUERY.
I got to know that you pay for writing and I myself has a deep keen in writing.
THIS IS NOT A GOOD INTRODUCTION. ANYBODY CAN GET A LETTER TO THE EDITOR PUBLISHED. MANY PAPERS ARE HUNGRY FOR THAT TYPE OF FREE CONTENT.
I’m not experienced but have written about 3 letters to the editors of our local community newspapers
WHY WOULD A WRITING- AND PUBLISHING-RELATED PUBLICATION PUBLISH AN ARTICLE ON COOKING?
Are you interesting articles have themes cooking?Thank you
PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!
i am (name removed) profession write, i want write an article for your website suggest any article title i’ll give you an article. let me know. waiting for your reply
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
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These people seem to think they’re sending tweets or casual emails. A query letter is like any other business letter. Anyone who knows even the basics of writing as a profession knows that, whether you’ve been professionally published or not. That said, these are a hoot.
These are almost too painful to read. Correction…they are definitely painful to read. Pay is mentioned quite readily but there isn’t much depth.
What???!!! It almost seems as though all these writers are the same person. If not, can there really be so many “writers” out these who can’t spell write right?
Query Letters….you’ve got to be kidding!
I find it almost impossible to believe that these ‘notes’ — I certainly wouldn’t call them query letters — came from adults. With the exception of the – ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ – note, not a one of them really expresses a complete thought.