Miss Snark is wading through the slush tonight. Several query letters had some "spell czech" errors. I noted them on the query letters, thinking I was being helpful for the next round these writers would send.
Then it dawned on me. They will get the query letter back, and think "ok, I'll fix this one thing that was wrong and then send it back to her"... like when you fixed mistakes on the spelling test in 4th grade and handed it back in for a better grade.
The problem of course is that a spelling test is a linear measurement. Spelling is either write or wrong (ha!). Diction is either right or wrong (usually). But whether I like a project enough to either read more or take it on is not linear, it's three dimensional, or more likely, four.
There's no 'fixing' things and working your way up to "ok I'll take this" generally.
If you get a query letter back with corrections, I did it with the best of intentions, trying to help but I think it creates unrealistic expectations.
What do you think?