- Writer who can't seem to find representation for his fictional novel based on real events. First off, this writer called his novel fictional, which is redundant. Beyond that faux pas, the writer spends more time discussing the possibility of his novel being too close to the real story than pitching the story. As a result, most agents and editors are scared off from repping this novel for legal reasons. However, if it's like most novels (99% of which are based off real events), there's probably no need to worry. The writer is shooting himself in the foot by raising a flag in his initial queries.
- Writer who is too old or young to be published. Almost every time I do a standard Q&A session with writers, I have one (or more) people who seem to think their age is going to limit their chances of success. Personally, I've worked with scores of freelancers, and I don't know how old any of them are.
- Writer who didn't take enough writing courses in college to be published. Here's another secret: I don't know whether any of my freelancers went to college or not (outside of the freelancers who volunteered that information in their queries). Out of the freelancers who did volunteer their college diplomas, I can't recall any of those qualifications right now. I only know which freelancers turned their work in on time and wrote great articles.
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