10.10.2006

Attachment disorder

Dear Miss Snark,

I have a newbie question for you. I sent an e-query (preferred method of the agency) with a Word attachment. I did write if they would prefer the query in the body of the e-mail, I could resend it. Since I've been reading your archives, I realize I should have pasted it into the body of the e-mail. Do you think I'm okay or will my query get deleted?


The default setting for e-queries is no attachments. Only if the website guidelines for the agency say "in an attachment" do you send it that way.

Resend the query.

8 comments:

Maria said...

There are at least two agencies out there that have websites that claim they will take attachments if there is a cover letter in the email. HOWEVER, in both cases, I not only did not hear back, later I heard or read a transcript of the agent(s) talk--during which they clearly stated they will not open attachments. A recheck of the website showed that the line about attachments being okay is still out there. So...agents simply don't always follow their own guidelines. If you don't hear back? Try SnailMail.

zdaddyo said...

With the state of email as it is today, most people are either going to strip out attachments altogether or won't open them. This often happens at the server so the recipient will get an email minus query and probably a note on the email that an attachment was removed.

ya author said...

Whew! I'm glad your back. After three days without posts, I was getting worried. :-) Hope you were having fun, not sick or the subject of unfortunate events.

Dave said...

Sad Facts of Life

Microsoft Word has a Jim-Dandy MACRO feature that can be used to hide computer virus, trojan horse, and worms that damage computers.

Many email recipients want the RTF (Rich Text Format) that retains formatting but has nothing hidden.

However, many email recipients just will not open any attachments unless they know the author of the email. It's defense against viruses.

If you've ever been hit with a virus or a worm then you know why these precautions are taken. The business I worked at had two occasions of virus invasions - it caused lots of lost work with 1000 people offline and 12 servers spouting gibberish.

At home here, I go offline to read an email from a stranger and even then, I never open the attachment unless I verify it as authentic first.

Bill E. Goat said...

Three days absence ...

Miss Snark, Killer Yap and I were at the beach n'ere-do-welling. It was fun.

Alternately, our story is we were on assignment for the CIA (Capra International Alliance) and seeking the demise of a Barbary sheep who infiltrated the French Alpine spy service. French Alpines may be cute, but they're not very bright and easily fooled.

We solved the problem, thanks to Miss Snark. So you have to excuse her absence. ... Say, I'm not supposed to be telling you any of this, am I?

dorthygale said...

In the interest of CYA, I read one website that specified to paste the story into the body AND send an attachment. So when the guidelines say attachment, I do both. And I specify that I have done both, and that the same information is in the body of the e-mail.

Talia Mana, Centre for Emotional Well-Being said...

Does this apply to publishers? I have seen some publishers that allow you to query via email. Some of the requirements are fairly lengthy e.g. one non fiction publisher requires a synopsis, chapter outline, market analysis and the CV of the individual. Not sure on the feasibility of cutting and pasting all that into the body of the email. I can't see anything on the publisher website that clarifies whether to attach or put it in the body

Chef K said...

How does one find a agent for a cookbook author.