Yesterday morning I got an email from one of the agents that I spoke with at the PNWA conference. Understand that I had already sent him seventy-five pages, and before I opened the email, I prepared myself for another rejection. But it wasn't. He wants to see the full manuscript.
Here's the problem, and maybe the mistake I made. I wanted to do a final read through, to catch any last typos and such, but I haven't had time, what with work and getting ready for this trip to Scotland. So today, I sent the following email:
I'm leaving in a few minutes for a trip, abroad, will be back in early October and will promptly get the full manuscript to you at that time, in a MS Word format. I hope this won't be a problem as I'm really excited about this potential opportunity with you and Jim. It's just that I've been planning most of my life to go to Scotland, and here it is, two opportunities falling at the same time.
The reason I'm not sending the manuscript to you right now, is that I want to do one last read through. I want it to be perfect, well as perfect as I can make it.
Talk to you soon....
So is it a mistake to take the time to make it perfect, or as I said as perfect as I can make it? I hope not. But if this agency is going to work with me, they'll come to understand my issues with perfection.
I'd rather take the chance of sending it two weeks late, than sending in something potentially full of typos. I'd rather look like a fool than an idiot.
With that said, I'm off to Scotland.