This: ">" along the left hand margin of my original query. Like this:
(I hope you can see those little boogers. Blogger keeps doing something weird with my formatting! Ack! Well, if you can't, those little boogers are the right arrow keys)
No, I haven't lost my mind. These little key strokes make me smile everytime I get a rejection email with them in it.
Well, take a guess. Don't worry. I'll wait.
Because these little guys mean one thing, your query has been FORWARDED!
That's right! If the agent has interns going through the slush pile, these little marks mean that the query made it PAST the intern (which means the query/pages have to be decent, right?) and were sent to the agent.
I do cartwheel for that small victory--everytime I see it. Reaching small mountains makes me smile.
What about you? Anything that makes you smile while querying? I know, that's a toughie.
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