You know this. (Well, most of you do. I have received the odd request for submission guidelines for my agency.)
Something else you know: I wish you all great success.
And if you didn't already know that, you know it now.
It's why I wrote AGENT: DEMYSTIFIED.
Well, okay. I also wrote it because I am a WRITER. That's what writers do. We write.
You've posted a bunch of detail-oriented questions concerning submissions for next week's Secret Agent contest. I love that you care; love that you're paying attention to my guidelines; love that you're not afraid to ask.
But it brings to mind the distinct possibility that some of you -- no one in particular, mind you -- obsess about the small stuff when it comes to querying agents.
Heck, some of you may not even have begun querying yet, and you're just preparing to sweat the small stuff.
People. Don't sweat the small stuff. There's enough "big stuff" in life to make us sweat.
Write well. Follow guidelines. Be professional. Write well. Oh, and write well.
But don't panic about this, that, and the proverbial other thing.
Know what else? Buy a copy of my E-BOOK. (Yes, it's a shameless plug. It's also a little "writerly tool" that I strongly stand behind. I've gotten some positive feedback from folks who've read it that warms me to my toes.)
But aside from that, and seriously: An agent is not going to toss out your query letter because you've got two spaces in between your sentences instead of one. (People actually argue about this.) Your opening chapter will not be scorned because your tab was set at 6 characters instead of 5.
Small stuff. Stuff to be filed under "Do Not Think About This."
Write well. Be tenacious. Be gracious.
And thanks for reading this blog. Even on a really bad, life-sucks-and-I'm-out-of-coffee sort of day, I feel like I've contributed something to the community of which I so dearly love being a part.