I am a total muppet. I just spent a good part of a few weeks getting ready to submit Truth Teller to an agent. I wanted it to be perfect. This agent looked perfect. This agent had a real passion for children’s literature. I was going to do it properly this time. I had just finished doing a synopsis and query letter workshop in the Novel Workshop and was brimming with confidence.
Okay, homework is the first thing on the list. My agent checked out as a God in the children’s market. I Googled her blog and found some useful info to use in my query letter to show her I’ve done my homework. I made the letter personal to her. They like all that. I rewrote my synopsis and query letter to everything I had been taught. But don’t be hasty! Get it checked out first with a few good people. I did and there was mistakes--Grrrr! That meant I couldn’t send it. But no, like I said, don’t be hasty. I’ll wait.
I do my edits. Man! This is taking forever. That’s it, I can’t wait any longer. With all this work it’s gotta be accepted. I’ve NEVER put this much work into a submission before. Right, I’ve been patient enough. I’m sending it! *Sit back in chair with a smug grin* I’m feeling confident!
Well, just for the crack I’ll read through it again. Bask in such a masterpiece.
AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! I missed a major mistake! NO! Two mistakes! OMG! I’m an idiot! I’ve messed it up again! I want to cry, all that work for nothing. I hate myself. Why do I even bother.
Moral of this story:
Always, always, ALWAYS read everything before you send it. Don’t EVER be too hasty. Don’t be a muppet like me!