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bertiebeans
06-09-2009, 12:19 AM
Hiya!

First time posting on Absolute Write and I thought I'd share an embarassing little tale that happened to me today.

We all hear about authors who do some really dumb stuff when querying agents, right? The kind of things that make us sit back in our seats, arms behind our heads, feeling smug that no matter how bad things get at least we're not as stupid as that dumb f**k?

I'm that dumb f**k.

Word to the wise, when sending a group email, make sure no agents share the same name as one of your mates. Then make sure you don't send said agent an email about your sister's hendo. And definitly don't suggest that this agent should come dressed in fishnets and hotpants.

*sigh*

What makes it worse, is that - despite my telling them not to - the hens keep "replying all" to the email with really rude comments about being drunk and knickerless, CCing this agent in.

I've now had to send her a very groveling and apologetic email. I suspect my rejection letter is winding its way in the post as we speak.

Anyway, I've told you my super-embarassing query tale, tell me yours! Can anyone top this?

Red-Green
06-09-2009, 12:29 AM
Wow. It's awful, but funny. Also a good reason to have two separate email addresses. That way, even if you do make a mistake like that ... the agent won't know it came from you.

bertiebeans
06-09-2009, 12:36 AM
Good advice, I'm setting up another account!

scarletpeaches
06-09-2009, 12:47 AM
Oh god. Was it wrong of me to laugh?

And hey...you might get a book out of it, right?

happywritermom
06-09-2009, 01:20 AM
I've made some blunders, but I can't say that I can top that one!
Who wants an agent with no sense of humor? If "said agent" rejects you because of that, then "said agent" needs to shut down the laptop and live a little!

veinglory
06-09-2009, 01:24 AM
You never know, it might make you stand out from the crowd ;)

But ditto on the advice about separate email addresses. It also help avoid losing writing related mail amongst the business of general life email.

bertiebeans
06-09-2009, 03:24 PM
The agent got back to me today saying not to worry about it and that she was tempted to come along to the hendo as it sounds a riot ;p Awesome. I like the cut of her jib.

Don't feel so bad about it all now...

And it's perfectly OK to laugh, I was in hysterics yesterday (well, through the tears). I need to idiot proof myself.

Parametric
06-09-2009, 03:30 PM
That is hilarious. I'm relieved that agent saw the funny side. :tongue

YAwriter72
06-09-2009, 03:36 PM
I laughed. And how cool that the agent responded. At least you know she has an awesome sense of humor!

MumblingSage
06-09-2009, 05:40 PM
I'm blushing for you across cyberspace :D. And laughing myself sick. I'm glad the agent took it with good humor!

Juneluv12
06-09-2009, 07:43 PM
Seriously,

I feel your pain b/c it sounds like something I would do!! Glad to hear it worked out for you...even if it hadn't, it's one of those stories to tell your grandchildren...well, maybe not!!!

Phaeal
06-09-2009, 09:50 PM
And why was I not invited? Don't ever bother querying me, buster.

mscelina
06-09-2009, 10:02 PM
LOL--agents realize that writers are people too and sometimes we make mistakes. Bad ones. PM Haggis and ask him about an email he sent me last week. *grin*

Sometimes very profitable things can happen from email boo-boos. Just sayin'.

EgyptianGoddess
06-10-2009, 08:01 AM
The agent got back to me today saying not to worry about it and that she was tempted to come along to the hendo as it sounds a riot ;p Awesome. I like the cut of her jib.

Don't feel so bad about it all now...

And it's perfectly OK to laugh, I was in hysterics yesterday (well, through the tears). I need to idiot proof myself.


The good news is: she's not gonna forget your name;)

bettielee
06-10-2009, 08:06 AM
I do not know what a hendo is.

And I can't remember the last thing I did anything knickerless.

I need to get out more.