Updated: Sep 11, 2021
Even some experienced writers forget or miss some of these key elements. Avoiding these common pitfalls will go a long way to increasing your chances of landing an agent, editor, or publishing house.
Spelling and grammar! These two pesky buggers can be trouble. The good news is—Editors and agents are people, too. Do they want you to be absolutely flawless and know every rule to the English language? Of course not. However, if you send your query, the first 50 pages, or other material, and they can count 10 mistakes per page, then you will receive a speedy rejection. Why? Because, it’s readily apparent you put very little work into self-editing or proofing your project before sending.