Me (email reply to query):
Thank you for your query. Your pitch is a bit thin, so I’m not certain how your book fits in with our lineup of socially relevant personal journeys. Perhaps you could expand on your story a bit more.
Author (in email reply):
My father died this morning.
Go screw yourself.
Wow. I understand unmitigated grief and am the first one to empathize with someone’s sorrow. But boyo, when I’m polite and genuinely interested in a story and get that kind of reaction – well…it makes me wonder what’s gone wrong with the world that people would strike out like that.
Authors, for the love of all that’s holy, DO NOT EMAIL ANYONE WHEN YOU’RE UPSET. The words you send out into the ether could be a career buster.
Still scratching head…