For the most part I try not to repeat myself on Facebook and my blog, but I thought the picture below was worth repeating. It's a copy of a query letter I dashed off, mostly to relieve the frustration of sending out serious letters and getting nothing in reply. The few replies I do get are simple form letters that show me the agent or publisher either didn't even read my submission, or couldn't be bothered to draft a personal note in return.
I know they are busy people, and I understand that there are thousands and thousands of authors submitting queries to them everyday in every possible genre imaginable. I also know that my writing may not be perfect, or appealing to everyone. It takes time, patience, practice and a little bit of luck to land on the right desk at the right time. My ability to practice patience was overruled by my sense of humour, and so I decided to share.