Ugh!! Just today I received an email from an author whose material I had requested and was really excited about. The author was letting me know he received another offer of representation and was accepting it. I was crushed. I was really excited about this project (received just last week), but hadn’t had time to get to it yet.
At first I was a little irritated that the author never let me know he had the offer and then I went back to the email where the material had been sent and see he had. He just hadn’t let me know in the subject. [bang head on desk now]. It was sort of a throwaway line in the email. “Attached is my material and by the way, I just received an offer on this and hope to respond in the week.” I missed it.
The problem is that when I receive requested material (or even queries) I don’t necessarily have the chance to get to them daily, or even once a week. I rely on the subject line to alert me to something that might have changed or might be a priority. It’s why I always suggest authors put “offer of representation” or something similar in the subject when letting agents know.
This was totally my bad and I’ll be kicking myself all day over this. Of course I wish the author nothing but the best, but I’m truly bummed.
Sadly, this isn’t even an April Fool’s joke. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was.