Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Stay professional people. Sending queries that sound like you are writing to your best friend is not business like. While you might feel that you know me from the things you have read here on the blog, this does not mean that your letters pitching your story to me should be casual.
I bet you thought I dropped off the face of the Earth. I know it has been a while but I have a really cool story I want to throw your direction.
Sorry to say it but you have now earned yourself a rejection. You might have the best dang story out there but your lack of professionalism just cost you that extra read.
Now, I know that there are other agents out there that will claim that the query isn't going to make that big of an impact on them. They will likely use that same line we always hear, "It's all about the story." But honestly, I am betting they will find something wrong with that project.
This is a business. While writing for many is a hobby, if you want to earn money you have to treat it just like any job. If you were applying for a job with a major corporation, would you be that casual or would you be professional and show the employer you are a person to be taken seriously?