With all the pressures of querying there is one thing authors should never beat themselves up over–simple human error. Because we are all humans and we all make errors. Sometimes I feel like the queen of them.
- You addressed your query to the wrong agent. Yep. I’ve totally addressed a pitch or an email to the wrong editor. Editors are no different. I can’t tell you the countless time I was cc’ed on an email to an author I don’t represent.
- You attached the wrong manuscript. I have about 4000 manuscripts on my computer and sometimes I’m submitting more than one at once. Yep, I’ve sent the wrong manuscript to the wrong editor.
- You forgot to attach the manuscript at all. I’m pretty sure I forget the attachment at least once a week. It could be a contract with my changes, a manuscript to the author with revisions, or material promised to an editor.
- You hit reply when you should have hit forward. Anyone who hasn’t done this doesn’t spend enough time on email.
- You had a typo, a poorly worded sentence or just a crummy grammar error. This is your first time to the blog if you think I’ve never done the same.
I’ll make a deal with you, I won’t judge you for normal human error if you don’t judge me for myne*.