Monday, October 11, 2010

It Turns Out I Am A Moron

So I'm not writing 10,000 words this week, at least not yet, but I am sending queries.  And after all that work, and all that research, and knowing all the stupid things people do, I went and did one.

Getting an agent's name wrong in a query is often regarded by agents as a surefire path to rejection.  I, of course, to ensure staying on the the path, not only put the name of the agency owner in my salutation, rather than the actual agent's name, which I knew, and had even spelled wrong a few times whilst Googling, I also sent it to the wrong email address.

So I followed up with a quick apology, letting said agent know I was resending my query to the proper address.  That's when I noticed I'd addressed the first, and subsequent second, query incorrectly.  So I sent another one, apologizing yet again.

I expect after four emails, in the span of two minutes, this particular agent will either see through to my gritty determination, or will request a restraining order.

Let's just say, I'm moving on...

6 comments:

Amy Saia said...

It happens. It's painful, yes, but not uncommon. I know I get all twitchy trying to figure out all the details for each agent! If it makes you feel any better, I sent out a query headed, Dear Agent. Yeah. Never heard back form that one.

Rebecca said...

One day you'll look back and laugh :) and hopefully it will be from your library full of published novels, the walls papered with money and floors tiled with loose change! (sometimes dreaming helps)

coffeelvnmom said...

Erg. This reminds me of the time I sent a query (that I'd read over a billion times) off to ten agents and THEN realized I'd spelled a few VERY SIMPLE words incorrectly. Duh.

Matt said...

And now I'm in that holding pattern, waiting for any inkling, be it a rejection, a request, or a confirmation email that I in fact did blow my chances.

Life can be cruel.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Oh ow! Yikes, well that is …unfortunate.

Jeanne said...

I am still getting over the fact that you just discovered, after all this time, that you are a moron. Geez! You should have asked me!
Just kidding of course. Seriously I believe these things happen for a reason other than that you are a moron. Perhaps the agent was not one that would have met your needs. A higher power made you screw up.