I sent out my queries a couple days ago and I was asked for a full manuscript from one of the agents pretty quickly. I was kind of in shock that someone asked so fast, so I just opened my email and sent it over without a second thought. A little later I realized I sent him an older version of the manuscript. It's the full thing, but it had a bunch of obvious typos and some minor formatting issues (chapter numbers weren't reassigned after I deleted one). Should I even bother following up or just chalk it up as a missed opportunity?
Tsk tsk tsk. (Like I haven't done this before, oh yes indeed I have)
This is why I have a folder for EACH client manuscript that says "old versions" and the old version of the manuscript goes to live there when the new one comes in. (Don't throw away your old versions!) That way, no matter what the title, date, datestamp when I reach into my files to attach, I know I get the most current version cause I DON'T reach into "old versions."
Yea, well, I didn't learn that the first day on the job. Or even the first year.
I see this ALL the time. Here's how to handle it.
You IMMEDIATELY email a corrected version. You say "oops, I sent an outdated version of the manuscript you requested on N/N/2014"
You don't spend a lot of time bloviating about how sorry you are or how busy I am. We both know you're busy and I'm sorry too, and stuff happens.
Then you forget about it, except only after you've created a file for outdated versions. If you do it once, you get a mulligan. Twice and I'm not quite so forgiving (don't ask me how many times I did this before figuring out the solution.)