You've finally finished writing the greatest novel of all time. It's smart, it's fast. It's literary and popular all at the same time. You're just certain it will take the reading public by storm. If you can only get it in the hands of readers.
You've been told that the best way through the massive set of publishing hurdles is to start by querying an agent who will be so taken by your brilliance, they will sign you and immediately wrestle a six-figure advance from one of the major publishing houses.
You send out your manuscript samples and your letters. And you wait.
Through some experience with the process, I'd like to now share with you what I've discovered writing agents loathe seeing in the samples and letters they receive.