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Did I ruin my chances?

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Did I ruin my chances?

Postby Richard » Sat March 7th, 2009, 12:57 pm

I just realized that I did this when I meant this, instead of doing this when I meant this, in the sample pages I sent to agents.

How serious a goof is this? As far as I can tell the rest is properly formatted (1" margins, 12 point TNR, etc.)

Four weeks on from the first batch of mailings to agents... I'm assuming that acceptance takes longer to process than rejection, so no news is good news!
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Postby boswellbaxter » Sat March 7th, 2009, 1:15 pm

"Richard" wrote:I just realized that I did this when I meant this, instead of doing this when I meant this, in the sample pages I sent to agents.

How serious a goof is this? As far as I can tell the rest it is properly formatted (1" margins, 12 point TNR, etc.)

Four weeks on from the first batch of mailings to agents... I'm assuming that acceptance takes longer to process than rejection, so no news is good news!


I'm no expert, but I don't think it's a serious goof.
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Postby EC2 » Sat March 7th, 2009, 5:19 pm

"Richard" wrote:I just realized that I did this when I meant this, instead of doing this when I meant this, in the sample pages I send to agents.

How serious a goof is this? As far as I can tell the rest is properly formatted (1" margins, 12 point TNR, etc.)

Four weeks on from the first batch of mailings to agents... I'm assuming that acceptance takes longer to process than rejection, so no news is good news!


Richard, you'll be pleased to know you are sweating the small stuff and making mountains out of non existant molehills. I send in all my manuscripts with this rather than this Heck, I send mine in with Times new Roman at a 13 font (bigger than 12 and easier to read, but not as overtly big as 14) and at exactly 22 point on an A4 page. No one has has as yet penalised me for such digression. Okay, I'm established, but I can safely say that providing your script is legible, in good English and double spaced thereabouts, no one is going to turn you down for something as piddling as writing your word in italics rather than underlining it.
Agents will often take much longer than four weeks to even look at a manuscript. 6 minimum I would say, but more like 8 to 12. My agency is a middle sized one in the UK and they receive around 40 scripts a day, six days a week. Cliehts who are earning them money need to come first and the queries get dealt with as and when. It's useful to keep an eye on the timing of submitting a script. The week before the London and Frankfurt Book fairs (April and October) is not good for example as you will be waiting forever for a response.
Good luck, and as I say, don't sweat the small stuff. Providing the all over appearance is professional, you'll be okay.
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Postby Richard » Sat March 7th, 2009, 7:09 pm

Thanks, good to know - and now I also know how to do a search-and-replace on formatting in Word! I thought I was going to have to do the whole thing manually...
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