I just realized the last batch of queries I sent out have a typo in them. It burns my perfectionist soul. Somehow the “t” got left out of the following sentence:
“Getting fired from the car dealership is just the latest in a string of failures.”
Must have happened in a random cut and paste somewhere. Just goes to show that it is imperative to read every query with a detailed eye for errors EVERY SINGLE TIME. Irritating because I do read them each time, but I guess my mind kept filling in the missing letter.
I noticed this happened in my manuscript too. A few weeks ago I read through the full just one more time to make sure there were no glaring errors before I sent it off to the requesting agent, and I noticed a missing word. I don’t remember what it was now, but fortunately I found it and fixed it.
Well, now I can correct future queries and hope that agents out there don’t hold it against me.
In other news, as many bloggers have noted, Nathan Bransford is holding a Be An Agent session on fifty queries. Very interesting reading and peak into the world of an agent’s inbox. I don’t envy them, I really don’t. I stopped reading the comments after a few as many felt harsh. I think writers are harder critics than the agents.
This leads me into my next rambling. Some writers, in the glow of their own ego, are insufferably mean. I was surfing around today and found an author asking about query stats. This person had a 40% request rate on their query. It felt too much like shopping with that really skinny girl who tries on a pair of size 2 pants and then asks you, “Does this make me look fat?” I wouldn’t mind the question if it was asked in pure seeking of knowledge way, but it really didn’t feel that way to me. After a quick check, this person appears pretty publishing savvy which means they know that request rate kicks ass. The question is posed as a way to get compliments and as a backhanded announcement of how great they and their book is doing. I don’t even know why I bother getting riled up by this. I need to remember what a wise woman said – follow your own path.
Sure, some people query ten agents and land an offer of representation. Some people query one hundred agents before that happens. It doesn’t make sense to compare you or your book to anyone else because you and your work are unique.
I am genuinely happy when people find success, but not so much when the path feels insincere or manipulated.
I will follow my own path and have confidence in my work… set it on repeat.