Sunday, December 20, 2009

Query mistakes

When sending queries I take my time. I am almost compulsive when it comes to checking the agency’s website, blogs, tweets, or whatever. I try my best to match my mss with the best agent possible. I personalize each and every query to the agent. I make sure to keep up with each agent’s website, blog, follow on twitter if I can find them, and whatnot.

So as published/non-published writers, how irritating is it when you do your best to send the greatest query that you possibly can and then still find that you accidently made a blunder. Such a mistake happened to me the other day, and I thought it would be fun for everyone to share a blunder they made when querying agents.

8 comments:

  1. Biggest blunder--sending a query letter to the wrong agent. *facepalm* sadly I've done this more than once.

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  2. Did everything right, personalized the letter to the agent, really thought we'd be a good match...never changed the name after Dear. She sent me not one, but two form letter rejections. Humiliating, but probably deserved.

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  3. I sent one to an agent who's bio I read twice before crafting the personal last paragraph and yet I accidently put Mr. rather than Mrs. but luckily she looked past the blunder and asked for a partial...still humiliating though!

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  4. I think mistakes are inevitable... But I do LOVE Gmail's "Undo" function, so you have like 3 seconds to take back an email if you realize you messed up!

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  5. I'm not even at the querry letter phase....but will certainly be extra careful when I am!

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