Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

5000+ Queries In One Day

STATUS: Things are getting back to normal.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO by Billie Holiday

A week and one day. Felt like an eternity! In this short span of time, we completely upgraded our entire office computer system with a brand spankin’ new server.

With any major overhaul, there are always a few kinks.

For example: with the migration, something went wonky with our query email. For some reason, the server wasn’t recognizing when emails had been downloaded into the program. One morning, Anita opened the query program to find 5000+ queries in the inbox. That was a shock. The server had downloaded each query 5 to 10 times and then kept repeating it.

I’m happy to report that the problem is finally solved. I don’t think we lost any queries in the process but if you don’t hear from us in the next 2 to 3 weeks, you might want to resend. But you only need to send it once… I don’t think Anita ever wants to open that program and find an eye-popping 5000 queries in the inbox again.

Every day we keep finding a few more things that need to be tweaked. Like this morning. I found one whole folder to be missing. Poof. Just gone. Have no idea where or how. Luckily, we back everything up to the cloud so it was a matter of 15 minutes for me to locate it and repopulate it on the server. But it makes me wonder what other little discoveries are going to occur.

Our tech person was even here this afternoon for a few hours. And I do think we’ll see him a few more times before the week is out.

And if this stress of a computer conversion wasn’t enough, our new employee started last week.

Call me a glutton for punishment.

21 Responses

  1. Dawn Embers said:

    Wow. Good luck with all that technology change. I remember when my stepdad has his pharmacy and did a technology upgrade. He told me all about it while we waited for a doctor to come in at an appointment. I was only a freshman in high school so my eyes probably glazed a little at all the details. But good to see that there wasn’t an actual day of 5,000 queries submitted in one day. Would have been crazy to imagine.

  2. Anonymous said:

    Heh heh, Always fun . . . upgrades.

    We thought you must have got sucked into some strange agent dimension.

  3. M.E. said:

    Upgrades – whew! They can sure wreak havoc on our daily lives…before they are correctly installed. Afterward, we wonder how we ever lived without them, though.

  4. Tina said:

    Glad to have you back. Missed reading you! Good luck with finding the other little discoveries. Maybe 20 dollar bills will start pumping out of your laptop.

  5. J. T. Shea said:

    Yes, but did it send 5,000 rejections to each queryist? My Windows Mail glitched and went AWOL last night. ‘The Contacts failed to load’ etc. etc. I searched the Net and found the glitch to be more or less incurable. So I turned to Thunderbird. The e-mail program, not the wine…

    My congratulations to Marie Lu, BTW. AND to her agent! I suppose your picture is on top of the building, just out of frame?

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