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.
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.
THE FIRST TWO SENTENCES OF AN ARTICLE SUBMITTED ON SPEC
It’s genuine that you are looking for an exhibited way to deal with benefit online. What do you know about Articles marketing ?
I THINK “NEEDS EDITING” IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT…
I have several manuscripts different stories and series Some still needs grammer and sentence structure editing I dont want it to go to waste can use the couple thousands it can bring for myself.
FIRST, I’M NOT A “SIR.” SECOND, WHAT IS A CHEAK?
im dwarka shukla from indore. im single in the world and working a little press CS press im student of B.com
i want do job in your press
plz give me a chance im sending a articule in your mail ID plz cheak it.
Looking into writing for profit two fold for others to be encouraged as well I profit too any sites that are good paying ones
IF YOU CAN’T EVEN SPELL WRITER, YOU SHOULD NOT APPLY FOR A WRITING ASSIGNMENT
I’d like to work with your firm as a writter, how do I start?
THE FIVE-WORD QUERY…WITH NO PUNCTUATION
I want to write something
WHAT IS “MALE MONEY” AND HOW CAN I GET SOME?
Good morning I am to write for writersweekly.com my article os ready topic is makeimg ways to male money from writting. Please replay soon.
FIRST OF ALL, YOUR SPACE BAR IS ON THE BLINK. SECOND, WHY WOULD A WRITING PUBLICATION BE INTERESTED IN ARTICLES ON CIVICS, POLITICS, AND THE ENVIRONMENT?
I am an amateur writer floating around some topics mainly what goes ‘today’…civic issues,wholesome political scenario,environmental concerns, problems regarding why the development is not sustainable etc.
Please give me an opportunity to be published
THE SUBJECT LINE OF HIS EMAIL
I am expert in writing article now i am sending you my article…
IF YOU’D CLICKED ON THE BOLD WORDS IN THE RED FONT DIRECTLY ABOVE OUR CONTACT FORM THAT YOU USED ON OUR WEBSITE, YOU’D KNOW. THAT IS THE LINK TO OUR WRITER’S GUIDELINES.
I am a blog writer, and i would like to share my articles. How do i go about it. How much do you pay per articles
I THINK I ALREADY KNOW WHAT THE QUALITY IS GOING TO BE…
Please let me know if I can proceed with sending you one blog to check the qulaity.
DON’T USE CELL PHONE TEXT ABBREVIATIONS WHEN QUERYING AND WHY WOULD A WRITING PUBLICATION BE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC??
I want to write in ur website for students related to their study topics which help students in study.. please help me how can i start it with you
YOU NEED TO CONSIDER AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PROFESSION…
i consider my writing as average and i have been writing fr my college magazine and som journals… so i wanted to start a career in article writing and have some god earnings for my family … i will need your suport in ths regard .
See more entertaining installments of World’s Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters HERE.
Wanna Get Paying Work? An Editor’s Open Letter to New Writers Who Don’t Yet Know What the (Bleep) They’re Doing
Copies of real query letters that resulted in writing assignments worth $2K and much more!
If This Article Offends You, You’re Not a Professional Writer
BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K – $100K Publishing Contracts
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As an Italian writer who is searching for a foreign publisher, reading this column always makes me worry. Who knows how many mistakes I made in my “pidgin English” letters to editors and publishing houses…
Wouldn’t you please reconsider the good, old Latin as an universal language?
We actually do have an article that addresses writing for a foreign publisher. 🙂
What is a “wholesome political scenario?” Wholesome and politics, isn’t that like oil and water?
Having read several of these ‘Worse Query’ installments, I have come to the conclusion that you have a flood of foreigners responding to WritersWeekly.com
No one could possible write an inquiry that is as bad as the ones I have been reading and be a native-speaking American. You must actually get some well-written queries once in a blue moon–don’t you?
Sure, we get lots of normal queries. But even some of the well-written ones ask to write on topics we don’t cover in WritersWeekly. These are just the absolute worst ones that jump up at us and yell “BOO!”
Insightful as always and funny, I too get frustrated with text abbreviations from my colleagues.