Friday, April 30, 2010

Cover Letter Gems

Found some great faux pas this week in submissions (thanks to Eliza for showing me these great discoveries from the slush pile). For all of you budding authors getting ready to submit your manuscripts, check, double-check, triple-check your query letters. Then check them one more time just for kicks.


"This is my first nonfiction novel . . ."


"Thank you for your patients."

Yes! Love these! Please send more!


  1. It is not only their first nonfiction novel, but the worlds . . .

  2. If it was a doctor that was thanking you for your patients, it could be accurate.

  3. Ooooo, don't be too hard on them. Don't we all do that sometimes? Still, if I'm submitting to an editor and I really, REALLY want to be published, I think I'd check that kind of thing. And have my friends check it. Over and over again!

  4. I've sent something before that I've wanted to take back. The email service that provides the 'retract' key will get my business.