But I can address questions like that here. So, without further ado, here are a few reasons your project is not right for our agency:
- We don't represent the genre--If it's a memoir (unless you're Hillary Clinton or Madonna), a business book, Christian fiction, or deals with child or animal abuse, it's not for us.
- The query is badly written--Face it, if you can't write a good query, you probably can't write a good book.
- I'm bored after the first two sentences--Nuff said.
- You've told me much too much in the first paragraph--Please, please, please, don't tell me about your husband, wife, children, education, parents, job, etc. I DON'T CARE! (at this point). Later on, when we're working together, I'll care--a lot.
- You've sent us attached material. We don't open unsolicited attachments.
I could go on and on--in fact I think I have gone on and on at some point!
But let me close with the "Pip of the Day." An author asked in his query if I was the right agent for his work and if not, if I could please recommend other agents who would be better for him.
Hello? That's not our job. Get thee to a bookstore and buy a copy of Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents, www.jeffherman.com/guide/. The 2009 edition should be available soon.