Why do query letters fail? The Demon surveyed the most respected literary agents and here, in their own words, are four reasons they've rejected your query letter:
- “To whom it may concern” no longer works at this agency; we fired him/her years ago.
- You propose to write a novel that is “somewhere between Gone with the Wind and The Little Engine that Could.” Frankly, my dear, I don’t think you can, I don’t think you can, I don’t think you can.
- Thank you for assuring us that your manuscript is “complete, finished, done and over with.” That just about describes your chances with this agency.
- Gee, what a fascinating coffee stain on the lower left-hand corner of the letter…would that be Mocha Java or Sumatra?