Here come some biggies...
- Submitting stories that aren't finished to any agent looking at fiction is a sure sign of getting a rejection. Sure, some might say we'll look at it when it is done, but most can just send a quick no and keep moving through their piles.
- Not telling an agent everything about your writing and being overly vague may cause the agent to go looking. When we find that you write in a genre we don't represent, but were trying to get us interested in it by not telling us, the odds are you will be seeing a rejection. Be up-front and honest!
- Query tracker is fine (as well as many of these other sites) however, please review what the agent really wants. I have done all I can to make it really obvious on Query Tracker, for example, to tell you I only take romance and women's fiction. Last time I checked, stories in the Tom Clancy style don't quite fit with romances.
- Using a form letter for submissions is fine, but make sure you don't include incorrect information... Telling me you got my information from a source that I am not listed in is a sure red flag that tells me you don't do your research.
- Finally... MY NAME IS NOT MR. GREYHAUS!!!!!! This is the agency name!