We receive job queries from freelance writers all the time. Usually these queries are direct, clear, energetic, and graceful. They make me think "Wow. I want to hire this person for my next project."
But when I received this e-mail in my firstname.lastname@example.org inbox yesterday, I was speechless.
Subject: Info, I am freelane writer John
Hi info, I am John Doe [not his real name], a former news repoter and seasoned book author I've published 12 books. And now I am a freelane writer professional online wirting for a wide range. I an online everyday and want to be your writer. Please add me on your writer list and assign me work.
Do you think he wonders why his "Hi info" e-mails don't lead to freelance work? Needless to say, I won't be asking him for a writing sample.
-- Leslie O'Flahavan