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?