The query process is pretty important to professional submissions but it is something of a mystery to many starting (and veteran) writers. So I always enjoy getting feedback on what the agents and publishers themselves see and – well, what they endure.
Fellow author Erik Larsen (his blog here) provided a link to a blurb by Carlie Webber of CK Webber Associates. She reviewed 60 submissions in 60 minutes and provided feedback on each one. I guess what shocked me about this is the sheer number of submissions that:
– did not meet the agency's genre interests
– were riddled with poor grammar
– did not describe anything about their story
Maybe a full third of the submissions never even got their sample pages read because of a very poor query letter. That's unforgivable – not on the part of the agent but on the author.
Best efforts, people, every time.
(Muse: That means you too, you know.)
Yes it does.