Recently, I mismarked a rejection from Agent A as being from Agent B in my spreadsheet. As a result, I sent a query to Agent C, who is from the same agency as Agent B. According to their website, this is a big no-no.
When I realized the mistake I made, I sent a follow-up to Agent C to apologize, explain what happened, and withdraw my query.
My first question is: was that the proper protocol? Is there a better way to handle this (obviously, not making the mistake in the first place is ideal, and I have reworked my spreadsheet to try to keep this from happening again)?
My second question is: if I receive a rejection from Agent B (Gosh, I hope I don't receive a rejection from Agent B), could I query Agent C again, or only in the event that I am querying a different project?
Thank you very much for all your resources, I stalk them regularly.
I feel your pain on this.
When my software needed upgrading last week, I was petrified I'd lose bits of data in the transfer/s. I was lucky; I didn't. But honestly, I live in fear of this.
And all of us on this side of the query desi are aware of how easy it is to make this kind of mistake.
You handled it correctly; you let Agent C know what happened, you apologized.
If B says no, I'd wait a while befory querying C. Let enough time pass that your email address isn't associated with "oops!" in her mind.
Mistakes happen. Even to the most careful of queriers. It's not a deal breaker until you do it more than once.
UPDATE: So, can I blame this blog post for my recent snafu? I'd like to blame anyone but myself of course.
I'm doing follow ups this morning, and I managed to send not one but TWO "hey! what's going on with this!" to an editor.
I'm hoping, like you are, that she realizes I'm just askew this morning.
(I'm going to blame it on learning how this new mail management program works!)