You worked hard, met your self-imposed deadline to complete your novel and crafted a nifty query letter. Now, after weeks, months, years of pitching your book to agents, you’re still unpublished.

In his recent post, “Query Letter Pet Peeves — Agents Speak,” Chuck Sambuchino shares some insight from the professionals in the field about why you never heard back.

I found the candid responses helpful, eye-opening and in some cases, surprising. As a newbie novelist, I can see myself making some of the novice mistakes. But misspelling a name is the unforgiveable error. That’s the first rule you’re taught in Journalism 101.