Yep, there’s nothing like waking up, rushing to work and checking your email to see the familiar subject line sitting in your in box.
RE: Query Letter – ‘Gone’ A Novel By Sam Proof
It’s so stoic and innocent. But I know as a cold mailing it’s 98% rejection waiting to happen. So here goes:
Thank you for your inquiry, however, I don’t feel we are the best agency for your work. Good luck in your publishing efforts.
The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
And that’s how it goes. almost all cold queries will be rejected; and I don’t blame them. I’ve been on the other side working for various poetry magazine, getting stacks and stacks of horrible poems. And even if they were horrible, if they didn’t blow me away, catch me at the right moment, instinctively attach to some part of my soul they were done in two lines
So that’s that, I open my spreadsheet program and write down the date and a big old ‘NO’ in the response column and move along.