Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's not cheating

I almost had to laugh today when I got a very nice email from a querier. His was one of those many many queries that disappeared in the Great Email Debacle last weekend.

What perplexed me though was the note saying he KNEW he'd messed up the initial query...and that he hadn't fixed it.

The only explanation I could think of was you might that was somehow "cheating" to fix a query when requested to resend it.

It's not.

It's a mulligan, a total do-over.

If you get that chance here's what to do:

1. DO NOT explain all the stuff you did wrong
2. DO fix any mistakes/typos/problems before resending.
3. RESEND as though it was the original query.

I absolutely guarantee you that I don't remember what you sent before. Don't shoot yourself in the foot by reminding me.

And if you have not received a reply to your query, and you queried before June 5, RE-QUERY now!


Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and been chuckling to myself - checklist of what not to do now completed...

Lisa Desrochers said...

Besides, what's wrong with cheating?

Kathryn said...

I gotta appreciate the honesty, but still... sometimes it's much better to keep your mouth shut!

Justin W. Parente said...

Received my new reply post-Email Debacle. Thanks Shark!

ryan field said...

Hope his work is good, because he sounds like he'd be a nice person with which to work.

kathy taylor said...

Thanks for the 1-2-3. Very helpful.

Jude said...

One day...I'm going to query you!