In today's slush pile comes this:
"I am seeking an agent to represent my recently completed book titled "Title". In researching Writers Market your agency met all of my criteria so I'm hoping you'll want to take a look at my work."
All of your criteria huh? Breathing? Willing to slice open an envelope? Foolish enough to list self in Writers Market?
I'm not sure why this annoys me so much, but I swear it raises my hackles almost as fast as "fiction novel"...and I got that in the query right after this winner.
In case you're wondering, we assume you selected this agency because we match SOMEsort of crtieria. If you found my name in Writers Market just say so. You're much likelier to get my attention if you've actually READ any of books I've sold, but that appears to be too much to hope for most days.