This is an infomercial:
I wrote a story whose storyline I and several others feel is stupifying, intriguing, educational, and entertaining by a vast demographic. I have gone through quite a few things that many others have gone through. Including: being a child of divorce, ditching school, incest, being a member of a motorcycle gang, teen pregnancy, being homeless, breaking hearts, having my heart broken, etc. If you are at all interested in helping me to motivate and inspire others, please contact me via e-mail at …
Words escape me. Well, almost.
I bring this up not to ridicule, but to help writers avoid the frustration of constant rejections without knowing what they’re doing wrong. Always remember; your query letter is like a job application. The more information an agent or editor has, the better able they are in determining whether request an interview.
Instead, I’ll send out a form rejection letter, and the author will be none the wiser. This is an example of what I’d rather have seen.
And it’s not just me. Check out this post on Nicola Morgan’s blog.