This week I have queried eight agencies. On at least half of them, I remembered to supply my contact information, so that's an improvement over the first three. Unfortunately, on two of those queries, I wrote 'your agencies guidelines' instead of 'your agency's guidelines', so we'll see about that.
What is that you say? Can they possibly be that picky? Damn straight, they can! They have the whip hand and they know it. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. They get kajillions of queries every day - being picky helps them wade through all of them.
I know that, and I should have paid more attention. That is my big battle - I am a terrible proof reader and it seems like I always end up missing at least one oopsey. I really do wish I was better at it, and I do try, but it's one of those frustrating things for me. Maybe when I become a big girl, grown up writer, I'll have conquered that battle. Hope springs etermal! :o)
But hey, at least I'm making progress. That's something. My plan is to keep sending out those queries until I get someone's attention or run out of reputable agencies. Someone said recently, "Get off your butt and go achieve your dreams!" I don't know the person. I was reading it, and to be honest, it pissed me off. Who are you to tell me what to do, Bucko? You don't know my life!
Then I started thinking about it, and realized that the person was right. If you have a dream you want to achieve, the only thing you can do is get busy and go get it. No one will bring it to you. Ever.
As they say, "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." So very true.
So, I've been doing agent queries. I completed four - one form query and three emailed queries. Then about 2 AM this morning I sat straight up in bed and wailed, "OH NO, I DIDN'T!" On the three email queries, I forgot to include my contact information. (Pounding head on desk really hard).
You see, I know better. That's a really, really amateur thing to do. Queries are a lot like magic spells - you forget one element, one word, the whole thing just goes 'ttthhbbbbbbttt!' I mean, you know, if there really were magic spells. That's what they would do.
Like a magic spell that flops, that's pretty much what a query letter with a mistake like that will do. It doesn't matter how much an agent likes your query if they don't have the information to contact you. Seems simple and common sense enough, doesn't it? However, at every agent presentation I have attended, every single one of them list this as a top mistake that people make.
I can hope the agent might be dazzled by my brilliant concept and hit reply, but that's not the point. The reality is that queries are business letters. Your hopes and dreams may be tightly wound into that letter, but it is still a business letter. The cold, honest truth is that there are other brilliant concepts the agent will be dazzled by today by authors who will have remembered to include their contact information.
So for me, it's back to researching agents. Dammit. Oh well, practice makes perfect.
I had noticed that the Facebook 'Like' button had disappeared from my page, so today I decided to look into it. Turns out there was an update, and I had to redo it. After wading through all the techie mumbo jumbo, I did just that, and voila! There it was. Hmmm. Something's not right.
As much as I would love to believe that 1.5 million-plus people 'Like' my website, I'm 100% certain that that just isn't true. I tried redoing it, but it simply insists that 1 million plus people have liked my site. It's a lie... a dirty, wicked lie. A cruel lie. It's a lie I would love to believe, but no. I simply cannot bring myself to be that delusional. Oh, why can't I just throw caution to the wind and just go with it? No... sigh. I'm firmly rooted in reality and common sense tells me that it just isn't so. So, take it with a grain of salt, as will I.
Mostly loony, generally harmless. Writer & professional smarty pants. Owned by an exasperated spaniel.