Monday, December 15, 2008

What?

My husband got a rejection letter today. It is so unfair because I had to write a book before I got one of those. Actually, it was meant for me, but because my email address is under his name they obviously just got it off of that instead of the letter itself. The funny thing is that it felt so much better to see his name at the top of a rejection than mine. But can you imagine if that was the actual letter where an agent was requesting more book? I would've felt so gypped. But, seeing as it wasn't, I'm perfectly fine with it. I've committed a few typos myself in the wonderful query world. One time, instead of sending Rachel Vater a query, I sent Rachel Vader one. Apparently I thought she and Darth had gotten married. Another time I left out the 'r' in University. Of all the words to misspell.

But my very favorite letter typo story goes to my good friend Nicki Broby. She's not a writer, so this isn't a query story, but I laugh about it every time. This is her story, in her own words: When using Word, the automatic spell checker’s first suggestion for 'Broby' is 'Booby.' About 2 years ago I received an email from the head guy in SLC for the humanitarian program. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t check the automatic typing his spellchecker put in. You see where this is heading… Yes, I received an important email with the heading: Dear Nick’s Booby! He then sent me a second email to apologize. I immediately sent the hilarious mistake to my entire family, and my roomies still tease me by calling me Nick’s in public.

Tell me that isn't the funniest story you've ever heard. So what about you? Do you have any funny query mishaps that you can share? We will then proceed to point our fingers and laugh at you.

12 comments:

  1. Sadly, I don't have any query stories yet. But one day I will have many many I'm sure. Unless of course the first agent I query accepts me. I can dream can't I?

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  2. Kasie, you really need to get your own email address. Just saying ; ) It would look more professional.

    As far as embarrasing query stories, aside from realizing I had been spelling novelette novellette, fortunately I don't have any.

    Well, besides the first query I sent out; the whole thing was kind of an embarrassing story.

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  3. Candi, what a great dream. Almost as funny as my Christian Slater one.

    Kiersten, yeah, I have my own. I just never use it. You're right, I need to use it. To tell you the truth, until recently I had no idea it showed as 'Jared' when other people got it. Now I know.

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  4. Congratulations on your brave ability to send a query. I wish I could do it. I have queraphobia: the inability to send out a query no matter how many times I re-write my book. Is there a hotline for this, a support group maybe? Please come over to my house and send off a query for me. Please.

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  5. Tricia, I will admit the first one was the hardest. But after that they are painfully satisfying. It's like, do your best world, torture me, I'm ready. Maybe that's just me. I like to feel tormented whenever possible. :) And as far as the query support group, I think you've found it. The blogging community of writers are very supportive. Now, type it up and I'll push send for you when I come over. :)

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  6. In addition to watching for typos be careful to watch for grammar errors too...

    This sentence "Apparently I thought her and Darth had gotten married" should have been "Apparently I thought SHE and Darth had gotten married."

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  7. Anon-So right. Thanks. I don't read over my posts as well as I should. I will go change that.

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  8. Okay, I'll have my query ready for blast off on the next meeting at my house. But, I won't guarantee that I won't tackle you when your finger decends upon the send button.

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  9. The only query mishap I've had is I sent it all in in separate documents not understanding they wanted it in one whole one! I felt pretty dumb.
    Sorry about the rejection but at least your husband took some of the sting out of it!!

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  10. LOL! I never read over my blog posts before I post them! Just a random quick skim! LOL! I figure what you see is what you get! LOL! I'm a mom w/six kids for crying out loud! I'm usually lucky to get one out there!

    Needless to say there have been some doosies in my posts! and responses! but my favorite typo accident of all time was when I was commenting to a writer friend and I told her she was evil and must be destoryed. Get it? DeSTORYed! I love it! I use it all the time now!

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  11. Okay! LOL! And since we're dream bff's I think it only fair I add you to my blog list! LOL!

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  12. Tricia, we'll see who's faster, my button pushing or your tackling.

    Terri, it does get confusing when they don't want attachments, but they want all sorts of different things, so no need to feel dumb. It's fun to laugh at ourselves. Well, I have a lot of fun laughing at myself, I don't know about the rest of you.

    Jenni, awesome. I like the verb destoryed, I think I'll use it. :) But please don't destory me, I'm already having writer's block right now. And six kids gives you all the excuses in the world, especially of the typo variety. I have four and I use them as my excuses a lot. :)

    And I think my dream bff deserves to be a link on my blog as well. I'm adding you to my writer friends. :)

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