Late yesterday afternoon as I was winding up the affairs of the day I got an email from a writer asking the status of his query.
As most of you know I keep a running count of how current I am, right here on this blog.
It looks like this:
This writer pinged me for something sent on 1/25/15 so clearly he should have heard back.
I checked my incoming queries. Sometimes I flag something for a more thoughtful reply than the form letter that goes out, and forget to adjust for that on the "current through" date.
Sometimes I have queries on hold pending something else. (Inspiration, mostly. Sometimes just wanting to give the pages a second read.)
And sometimes, I'm sorry to say, things get lost. Or misfiled. Or tossed (by mistake.)
Which is what had happened here. Even though it came after several rounds of conversation in the Chum Bucket (which means his emails were getting through just fine) that final query was nowhere to be found. Yes it was in my gmail archives so I knew I'd received it, but nope, nowhere on the mail management program. Ooops.
I asked the writer to send again, and this time I made sure it went in the Incoming Query folder and I plan to answer it tonight...just to make sure it gets a reply.
What does this mean for you? Never assume no if the agent says they'll reply to your query. Always ping at least once. Things get lost. Things go astray. Even here at The Reef where emails are color coded and royalty statements are numbered.