A Snarkling hoping to avoid his ticket to Philadelphia wonders if Miss Snark has ever received this:
Dear Miss Snark, Bob's Way is very similar to the best selling Tom's Way by Tom (who I have discovered is your biggest client). Of course, Bob's Way is probably written better and I'm sure will sell even more copies. Would you be interested in seeing it? Bob
Of course. There is no shortage in the nitwit brigade applying to me and every other agency in town. There's a REASON big publishers don't take anything except agented work. It's to deal with this exact thing. Dealing with these kinds of query letters is part of the job but it will never ever be something that earns any money. Publishers with a sharp eye on the bottom line just farm out the non paying stuff to agents. Works a treat for them. (There are other reasons they want to take agented stuff only, of course, so hold off on the vituperative emails.)
Anyone who deals with the public has these kinds of stories. Some days I can laugh about it - and some days I just want to track them down with a supersoaker hose and clean out their cranium... wherever it might be.
PS If any one reading the post wonders WHY this is a query letter from a nitwit, ask me. I'll be glad to explain it.