How NOT to Query

By Devon Kellogg,

We here at Arrow Publications, which produces, get all kinds of queries for novels. Of course, since we don’t do novels as our guidelines clearly explain, we send out a rejection.

Sometimes the queries are decently written, but we just don’t do what they’re pitching. Sometimes, they’re so poor that even if we did, the writer would have little hope of publishing anything with their typo-ladened, grammatically horrifying letters.

Today, I found one such query that I just had to laugh. Besides having not proofed the thing, this author included the following line to add insult to injury:

“I have always admired St. Martin’s Press and feel very strongly this is where (my book) belongs.”

Yeah…well, maybe you should query them then. Just a suggestion.