I recently sent a query to an agent, and when I hit send, I realized I forgot to include the manuscript pages listed as a requirement. (So much for making sure of things...) I re-sent the query, carefully re-copying all the necessary pieces into Notepad and into the new email, to prevent weird formatting issues. With all the right pieces in, I added a line at the top that said the earlier email had an error in it. I hit send.
The entire email text (except for those pesky manuscript pages) turned purple.
I'm not sure of the etiquette here. Do I... send again? I am not sure how to prevent this fresh error. It's never happened before. Do I cross my fingers and pray it's somehow not purple on the agent's end? Make a sacrifice to any query-deities?
I bet you turned purple too.
This is the kind of thing that drives even the most self-controlled authors into a frenzy.
Well, fret not.
Truthfully, if an email shows up in a weird color, I chalk it up to the email gods and read it anyway. If it's got promise, I might copy and paste into a word .doc to adjust the color.
In other words, it's not auto-reject when there's a formatting issue.
That said, you DO want to try to get it right. One do-over is ok, but if I got three emails from you for the same query, I'd start wondering.
A trick to avoid those gremlins lurking by the send button:
Save your queries in Draft mode for an hour or a day.
Go back and double check before hitting send. You'll be amazed what you'll see...like missing pages.