- Bad spelling / grammar / punctuation in a query is a BIG turn-off. Everyone makes a typo now and then, especially when they’re nervous. But if the errors are glaring enough that it’s clear you couldn’t take the time to spellcheck and read over your cover letter, then:
Either you’re not serious enough about writing to be published, or …
- You just don’t see that those errors are even there, in which case I can predict that your manuscript will be in the same state. That’s a lot of extra work for the literary agent.