In this era of email submissions it is easier than ever to get your submission out quick… maybe too quick. Because sometimes you think you’re ready. You hit send. Oops! You made a mistake! Panic time!!!
Okay, take a deep breath. You can handle this.
Stuff happens. Opinions on this may vary but 99 times out of 100 mine is… let it go. That’s right, you heard me.
First of all if you are subbing well, which I expect of all of you Sub It Clubbers, your mistake should be small. A typo? It’s okay. It might even be read over without a second glance. Forgot to put in your word count? Tisk tisk. Do better next time! But don’t send another email.
What if you put in the wrong name? Situations will vary of course, but you are going to have to make the decision for yourself. If you’ve addressed it to a person that actually works at the company, don’t sweat it. A person working at a completely different agency or publisher? Ugh. You might consider re-sending with a very short apology. If you do resend be sure to attach it to your original email so the two are connected in the inbox.
The subject line is important. Some agencies have an automatic response set to reply to queries. So, be sure you read the submission guidelines and follow them! If the agency says you will get a response but you don’t, it’s good to remember that these things do not always work. Recheck the stated guidelines. You may be able to find some extra info online from other writers about responses as well. Do some due diligence before you even consider re-sending, for sure. It might even be wise to wait the entire stated response time before worrying that there’s a problem. You do not want to be that person with a long string of emails for your one submission.
There are ways to cut off e-submission mistakes and cutting off mistakes is always your best bet!
- Don’t send your submission off as soon as you think you have it done. Give it a rest period, just like your manuscripts. (You do let your manuscripts rest, don’t you? I sure do.)
- Reread your submission. Quite a few times. Not all in a row.
- Read your submission out loud.
- Write your query letter in your word processing program to help catch typos.
- Have someone else read over your submission.
- Keep a handy list of things that need to go into your submissions, and things you should double check before sending. (I’ll get together a handy list for my post next week!)
- Don’t put the recipient’s email address in the ‘To’ box until you are absolutely, positively ready to send the email.