The proof is in the proofing

Speilburg Literary Agency

So you’ve huffed and puffed and struggled and slogged, and, finally, you have produced a query (a Query Letter and Writing Sample). The query is akin to a terrible in-law—you had to suffer its presence for far too long, and now you want it gone. You’re more than ready to send it. Now what?

Don’t send.

That’s right. Don’t. Proofread the thing instead. Already proofread? Have someone else take a quick look.

You may think it’s fine, but you would not believe how many queries are riddled with mistakes. Some of them would have otherwise been great queries. Your Query Letter and Sample are reflective of your entire manuscript, and though an agent will often do editorial work for an author she represents, she’d rather not fix your whole book line-by-line. Most importantly, errors can overpower story; if there are too many, an agent will reject your book before they…

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