Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · 20 Aug 2019

I know there are exceptions to every rule. But if you query me with a novel that is 300,000 words (and say so in the first line of the query), that is an INSTANT delete. (Shouldn't this go without saying at this point?) #queryfail

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 26 Jul 2018

#QueryFail = "I've written the next big New York Times bestseller and I just need your help getting Random House to pay attention to me."


Dawn @ Red Sofa Literary -CLOSED TO QUERIES @RedSofaLiterary · 20 May 2018

"Dear Mr. Dawn" = yeppers, I'm a mister to someone who queried me. I'm going to assume that's a typo, ensure you're reading that query before sending it. #queryfail #inboxday

Dawn @ Red Sofa Literary -CLOSED TO QUERIES @RedSofaLiterary · 20 May 2018

Person wants to publish anonymously, doesn't think platform should matter or expertise (this is a nonfiction book btw), and will somehow use social media to ensure books are sold (did I mention no platform?). #queryfail #dontdothis

Sandy Lu @sandylunyc · 11 Jan 2018

Guys, just because I love dark fiction, it doesn't mean I can get past manuscripts with "whores" or "sluts" in the title. You should be ashamed of yourselves. #queryfail

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 9 Nov 2017

Huh. One email in the query slush pile is asking for an agent sell their house. #oops #queryfail

Kevan Lyon @KevanLyon · 26 Sep 2017

Query addressed to probably every agent in the biz in inbox today. Haven't seen that for a while. Those are an auto-delete. #queryfail

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 5 Sep 2017

#QueryFail = "this is a young adult novel like WATCHERS by Dean Koontz"

ummmmm...nope. #genre #oops

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 14 Apr 2017

#QueryFail ="my book has werewolves which is self explanatory" NO it's not! Every fantasy has its own twist-show me what makes yours unique!

Lisa Abellera @LisaAbellera · 10 Mar 2017

Recvd query w/"Dear publisher, or something." If you don't know my name, much less what I do, then you really shouldn't query me. #queryfail

Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore · 6 Mar 2017

Dear writers, I'm grateful most of you aren't like this jerk. Otherwise I would have closed submissions long ago. #agentlife #queryfail

Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore · 23 Dec 2016

Tell me again how your work has no comparables and you're a writer not reader. #slushpile making me snarky today #dontwastemytime #queryfail

Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore · 23 Dec 2016

I empathize with new writers stumbling on sub guidelines. But if you're such a newb, how'd you get my not-public email address? #queryfail

Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore · 26 Oct 2016

A writer just called me spoiled for rejecting his work. Because that makes sense. #agentlife #queryfail

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · 21 Oct 2016

I ask for a synopsis whenever I request material. So how is it I so often don't have a synopsis to refer to? #queryfail

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 17 Oct 2016

#QueryFail = "I've dumbed down my reading for the younger reader." ACK! NO! *sobs* #queries

Dawn @ Red Sofa Literary -CLOSED TO QUERIES @RedSofaLiterary · 26 Sep 2016

Here's how to not win with a query: write in ALL CAPS, claim I will make MONET, and include an attachment. #nobueno #queryfail