I have literally sent out 75 email queries and have gotten back exactly two addressed to me personally. All the others have been form emails like – “Dear Author” “Dear Writer” or, if you cane believe it, no salutation at all.

I know that agents assistant’s play an important role and all, but when was the last time an assistant signed a major author or best-selling title? I’m thinking — probably never. So why are they screening the submissions? I’d love to get a peek at the agents cheat list for their assistant’s. I imagine the list might read something like this:

1 is  it compelling

2 typos automatically make it dead

3 is the title interesting

4 and the best of all, do you like it

5 or even better yet – do you think I’d like it

WHAT a business.