Today, I had a D’oh! moment. Unfortunately, it’s the kind that I think will cost me a shot with one of my favorite literary agents.
This past week has been such a flurry of work and writing that I’ve barely been able to keep my head afloat. After #SFFpit (again, I promise I’ll post my results here soon – I need to sift through my favorites and track down the agencies), I was flooded with information and work (both personal and the corporate kind) that I couldn’t think straight! However, I had several queries lined up already to be sent out of the weekend, and feeling confident off a fun #SFFpit experience, I sent them out.
Woo. There’s one agent I’m gunning for in particular (we’ll refer to him as Agent Bond) and I’ve been devouring his blog like candy. He has a very cynical and blunt voice and that type of disposition is something I enjoy. Compliments aside, I submitted my query to him, noting some information I had gleaned from his blog and hit the glorious “send” button.
Cut to today: I was revisiting his blog to see if any recent posts had cropped up. Now, when I was originally researching him, I thought it quite odd that he had to separate blogs; one seemed more geared toward writing and the other pretty much covered anything and everything. I chocked it up to differing interests and thought nothing of it.
BUT…. I was wrong. Today, I noticed that while both links originate on his agent bio, one of them is, in fact, a blog of another person who also happens to be a literary agent with a similar voice and style.
Joy. My first major querying mistake.
Of course, there’s no rectifying the situation now. And my query introduction wasn’t exactly something I could write off as “passable” in this scenario. The intro is something similar to the following:
Dear Wonderful and Awesome Agent Bond,
I was initially drawn to your blogs, XXX and YYY, due to your hilarious tone and comical review of human nature. I solemnly swear that I will not give away meaningless character info, such as weight and height, within the first five pages. Six is a different story. Yadda, yadda yadda (insert more references here), begin actual query.
So, right off the bat I’ve just made an egregious error: he is only the author of XXX, not YYY. And while I have thoroughly read and enjoyed both, only one of the references belonged to XXX and the other belonged to YYY.
Dude. What. A. Bummer.
Screwing the pooch is a total understatement here. So I guess my takeaway would be this: even if the links are ON THE SAME PAGE AND REFERENCE A BLOG, don’t trust that they belong to the same individual. This is totally a mess up on my part. Too bad because I really would have enjoyed working with him.
If by chance this agent ever comes across my humble ramblings, I am so terribly sorry.