No matter how hard you try or how careful you are mistakes still happen. As I said in yesterday’s log I always go back to the agent’s website before submitting to verify they’re still open to queries and to reread their submission guidelines. Even with that extra step I still managed to foul one up. One mistaken out of twenty-two queries isn’t bad but it’s one more than I’m happy with.
What was my mistake? I didn’t follow the guidelines. It wasn’t willfull and with how careful I am I don’t even know how it slipped past me. The agent asked for a query, pages, and a summary and I only sent the query and pages. My eyes must have somehow skipped past that bit when I was reading and rereading.
So, that’s probably a rejection right there. So, my word of advice for the day is “don’t be your own rejection”. Do everything you can to get it right.