OUTLOOK from H**l

Greetings, everyone.

I’ve finally done it. I’m officially an Insecure Writer.

Two months ago I finished my first novel, a science-fiction romance. I wrote my query letter and synopsis, and I  described my book in thirty words. The worst is over, I thought.

But, I’ve hit the wall. Submitting the queries.  Navigating the arcane submission rituals (different for every agent) is a test of my patience, not to mention my self-esteem.just-a-lonely-heart_l Have I been under a rock for the last two years writing the novel, completing HTRYN, and everything else? Apparently.

OUTLOOK, the email of choice for so many agents, is kicking my rear. I can’t get it to work from my PC. It occasionally sends the query letter packet  but, more often, it will not send. I pressed the right button, I swear! My poor query ends up in the outbox from which it will not budge. My attachment (yes, some agents take them) is small – just a plain word doc.

So, any one out there have this problem? How did you solve it? Does OUTLOOK work better on a Mac? Help!

(Oh, on the brighter side, my surly muse has given me an idea for a second novel. I’m taking a few weeks to ponder the plot, do character sketches, and see if I still like it by July:))


6 thoughts on “OUTLOOK from H**l”

  1. I use google mail and never had a problem with it. I haven’t used outlook in a long time personally. It might be worth setting up a gmail email, just to see if it works in sending submissions. Good luck!

  2. I wouldn’t put Outlook on a Mac, it’s a Microsoft product and you know how well they get along with Apple. Maybe it’s junk mail settings? Perhaps computers have taken over? I know several people who are having email problems lately especially with Windows 7. Google that, perhaps. Good luck to you and your muse!

  3. Afraid I’m not a very technically minded person so can’t offer much advice on your email problem, sorry. But way to go on finishing your manuscript and starting the submission process. Best of luck.

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  4. I’m on a Mac, so no Outlook for me. Agents like Outlook? Uh oh …
    This submission thing looks tricky!
    Awesome on the second novel though. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear about your progress!

  5. I’m sure you’ll find the answer to your sending problem. I even fail at sending text messages, so I’m not your answer girl. The perfect agent for your work is out there. I’m glad you are moving on while waiting for a satisfying outcome on your submissions.

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