First off, I have to confess that I have a lot of blog-reading to catch up on. There was a Roadtrip Wednesday I neglected horribly, not to mention my own blogroll. But, I've been editing this week and other things. I guess I could blame that.
For your reading pleasure I've decided to share a funny and current query story. I'll leave out names to prevent any embarrassment from the queried parties who screwed up in this situation. The queriers (all 200+ of us) are having a bit of a giggle though.
I queried a BIG agency last month and just recently got a reply. The first reply was blank. The second said something like "we're sorry we can't offer representation" which I was surprised to read since I'd only just sent a query! A minute or so after that email came one that simply said "disregard the previous email". So I chuckled and shook my head and thought "oh somebody has their wires crossed over there". I didn't think anything about it... until.
Now myself and all the other queriers have our very own chat going via email all based on a bit of a flub in the emailing process. I got a pretty good kick out of the rejection email, so I'm not angry at the agency, since it proves they're human too, but it is a little inconvenient to be caught in a neverending loop of emails.
Please query (and email) responsibly.
EDIT: Diana at the Write Catch posted her own version of this email debacle, including the exact wording of the email we received and a few funny tidbits gleaned from our chatting back and forth via email. Definitely worth checking out!