An agent just asked for my first 30 pages--yay! I sent them as soon as I got the message, exactly as he asked for them--yay! Only problem: my internet connection is dodgy, and sometimes it will show in my email program that the message sent, but it didn't really send. It's rare, but it has happened twice. I didn't send a receipt confirmation with the e-mail--I'm not that much of a nitwit, but how soon is too soon to check if he got the pages? I'm not trying to rush him or anything--just want to make sure he actually got the e-mail.
THANK YOU for all your help and advice!
Y'all revert to this amazingly insane "what if" motif when you start querying. Like a kid at the zoo who asks "what if the snakes escape and eat me". The answer "that won't happen" isn't reassuring cause the kid doesn't have enough life experience to know snakes won't eat you even if they do manage to tunnel through plate glass in a split second.
You yourself know the chances your email didn't arrive are remote.
You are obsessing cause you are excited and care a lot about this.
You'll drop dead of cardiac arrest if you don't manage your adrenal flow.
Take a deep breath.
Look at the CALENDAR.
Count 30 days forward.
If you haven't heard back in 30 days you send an email.
If he didn't get it, he'll ask for it again.
Word to the wise: an email asking "did you get it" is a HUGE red flag for people I don't want to work with. Sit on your hands, climb Mt. Everest, get a grip, do what it takes but please be cool.