So while I'm not desperate to get published (yet), I *do* have a manuscript in the slush pile at a major publishing house. But I've been doing a lot of web surfing, reading about response times from publishers, about who gets rejected (and why), and so forth. You may have noticed a focus in this blog lately on such topics, as I repost what I've found on the web. At any rate, I had to share this:
It's a tumblr from a literary agent, where he posts portions of query letters he's received. I am freaking amazed that people actually send this sort of thing to an agent. But if this is the kind of stuff he has to sort through, well, it's probably what a lot of other publishers and agents get, and maybe I actually have a shot of getting published. While I realize it's difficult to be objective about one's own work, I did not say things in my query letter like "fiction novel" or "I've sent this to 50 other agents" or "God told me to write this." I did not have any spelling or grammatical errors.