Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Update from the Query Trenches: Still a Moron, Still in the Game
The good news: After my undeniably sucky form rejection on my full, I received two partial requests (Yay!)
The bad news: I failed to learn my lesson about Exhausted Querying after my first big Querier Boo Boo.
Obviously I managed to get at least two right, but I know I screwed up at least two more very, very badly. After going through the trouble to revise my query letter yet again, and actually thinking it kind of rocked this time, I set out to query a few more agents, two of whom had just re-opened to submissions.
For agent # 1, I spent so much time making sure I'd spelled her name right and personalized the letter with reasons why I'd chosen to query her that I forgot something sort of important: the sample pages.
That's right. The sample pages specifically requested on their website. The same sample pages I claim to have included in my query letter. Yup. Somehow managed to hit send without them.
I realized my mistake as soon as I did it, and even as I banged my head against the desk, I managed to get query # 2 right.
But then, I tempted fate. I decided to send a third.
And know what I did this time? Oh, that's right. I forgot to delete the personalization from my first query letter, which claimed I was a follower of both her blog and Twitter. And I'm pretty sure this agent has neither.
I know exhaustion makes crazy things happen, but seriously, I'm no query rookie at this point. How the heck did this happen?
Please make me feel better, peeps. Regale me with your stories of stupid query mistakes. If you don't have any... make one up! I don't want to be alone in this!