Yesterday was about HOW TO. Today: How NOT TO. What follows might make you feel (a lot) better about your own query letters. If, however, either letter looks like yours, better start looking at the more positive aspects of your day job.
The title “Query massage!” was taken from the original email’s subject. I doubt if it was meant jokingly.
Below is another golden oldie. Names and titles have been changed.
Have your query letters changed over the years?
Did they use to look anything like these examples?
Or more constructively: what did your most successful query letter have that others didn’t?
Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplay at age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in acquisition, development and production. He has trained students worldwide, and worked with half a dozen Academy Award nominees. Karel speaks more European languages than you have fingers on your left hand, which he is still trying to find a use for in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. The languages, not the fingers.