I've been working my way through the vacation backlog of incoming queries, so of course I've found some projects I want to read. I send back a request for a full. (I've almost totally stopped asking for partials now that it's all electronic--it's just easier to have the whole thing here at once)
What baffles me is when I get something akin to this in response:
"Oh, great to hear from you, I've just left on vacation, I'll be in touch when I get back."
Wait. You've queried me--within the week!!--and you've just left on vacation? A two WEEK vacation? Did you think you'd not be hearing from anyone?
Did you think this was the best way to deal with query-jitters?
I can understand stomach flu, an unexpected family emergency, a sudden call up to pitch for the Yankees, but a pre-planned vacation right after you query?
No. Just no.
And even if it turns out that you must do this, here's what you do. TAKE your frigging ms WITH you so you can send it! Be prepared for success!
A beloved friend of mine taught me that lesson some years back. We were gathered at our local watering hole catching up. She mentioned the new boss at work, how the boss didn't seem to much like her, and budget cuts were all around. My friend was pretty sure she was going to get fired.
Instead she got a promotion. The meeting where she had expected the ax turned into a planning session for the next year. My friend was excitedly talking about her list of ideas she'd brought to the meeting.
"Whoa," said I. "Let me get this straight. You thought you were about ready to be fired?"
"Yup," said pal. "Out the door, here's your hat, what's your hurry."
"And yet," said I. "There you were with a list of ideas for future projects? In your purse, at that meeting?"
"Well, sure," she said. "Just in case!"
Just in case.
Smartest business practice I'd seen in weeks.
Today's advice: be ready for someone to ask for your manuscript as soon as you hit "send".
Just in case!