Moments after sending my query to an agent with whom I am extremely impressed after reading her blogs, one Ms. Janet Reid, I realized I made a mistake. I had stated that the antagonist's backstory would be developed further in the sequel which has already begun to be written. The problem is that I had not used the antagonist's name in the query, but in the line about the sequel I used his name.
Since I really want... did I mention I was impressed with this particular agent through her blogs.... this agent to consider my work, should I drop her a line and own up to the mistake in the hopes it can be forgiven, or should I just chalk it up to experience?
Oh man, how well I know THAT feeling. OOOPS of epic proportion.
There are two choices:
1. Resend the query having fixed what you think of as the error, or;
2. Trust I'll figure out what you're doing.
If you resend the query, you should say so at the top "I sent an earlier version on 3/x/16 but found an error."
If you trust that I'll figure out what you're saying, well, nothing to do but wait.
This isn't the kind of thing that would make me reject a project I wanted to read.
I overlook all kinds of whacko things when the project is enticing.
All too many times writers focus on these small details, and attribute rejection to these small details, when in fact, they're pitching a book I don't want to read.
I'm seeing a lot of books that sound like something I've already read, many times:
1. Damaged hero: he's an ex drunk, ex cokehead, ex something. His wife and mother and dog were killed by a bad guy (horrifically of course) He saw too much in the war.
2. Damaged hero seeking a refuge from conflict finds himself smack dab in the middle of conflict.
3.Hackers. Of any kind. Ever. Particularly ones who can breach the firewall at the Pentagon.
If your plot would find a place on a 70s TV show without a bump, you've got a problem.
I'm looking for fresh approaches to stories that have classic elements. It's hard to describe. I know it when I see it.
Don't worry about the antagonist's name. Make sure s/he is interesting. As in "think s/he is the hero of the story."