7 Literary Agent No-No's: What NOT to do When You Query Explained by a Professional Book Editor

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

7 Literary Agent No-No's: What Not to do When You Query - Explained by a Professional Book Editor

Professional UK book editor reveals 7 shocking mistakes writers often make when querying literary agents for the first time!

Finally querying your book to literary agents can be incredibly exciting, so it's understandable that you'd want to get your manuscript out there as soon as possible.

However, you need to make sure that every aspect of your query is squeaky clean and follows the etiquette expected.

This may sound obvious, but there are many things writers do, or don't do, in their query letter alone that often turn literary agents off immediately.

So, if you're planning to query literary agents soon, here are 7 no-no's to avoid!

Related Post: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Perfect Query Letter

1. Querying a Document Riddled with Typos

Not only will sending a literary agent a document full of typos, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and punctuation issues make you look unprofessional and unprepared, but it can also be a massive insult to the agent.

One or two typos throughout an entire manuscript can't always be helped, but if your query, synopsis AND three chapters are saturated with errors, the agent will likely question how mediocre you think they are.

These are the people who could potentially launch your book career and earn you millions with their expertise and contacts, so you need to show them that you believe that they are worthy enough to receive a polished document.

If you're not confident that your query letter, synopsis or manuscript is up to submission standard, I would love to help you get there with my manuscript editing services, so please get in touch with me here if you'd like to get started.