The "Cringe-0-meter" for Writers
Miss Snark (www.misssnark.blogspot.com) just completed a marathon "Crapometer" where writers submitted their hooks for her scathing, insightful critique. I dare you to find a writing class at any major US university that could teach you as much as that Crapometer.
I've launched the "Cringe-o-meter" for writers to share their newbie stories. What have you done in the publishing process that now makes you cringe?
I queried a superstar agent over a year ago when I barely knew what a query was. It was the query equivalent of sending Spielberg the script from your third grade play and blithely assuming he will snap it up and start casting Julia Roberts and Robert DeNiro. I'm sure he hit the "reject" button after the first sentence. It was a true query suckerama. No hook, way too much plot, dry, no sense of my voice. In short. It makes me cringe to read it now.
So tell us your own stories of how you embarrassed the hell out of yourself, and how you learned the ropes. Feel free to use "anonymous."