The occasional ramblings of a freelance lexicographer

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Email faux pas

Last week, I sent an email to an in-house editor to chase up an invoice that I'd sent but hadn't heard back about. Having had problems with a previous invoice on the same project, I just wanted confirmation it'd been put through okay. This morning, while I was putting together my mental to-do list over breakfast, I realised that I still hadn't heard anything. So when I sat down at my desk, another, this time more urgent, email was top of my list. Then just as I waiting for my computer to start up and was composing what I was going to say in my head, it suddenly occurred to me that I might've sent my last message to the wrong person ... the editor in question has a very similar name to someone else I've worked with at a different publisher and of course, they're right next to each other in my address book. Lo and behold, when I went back to look at my sent items, I had indeed got them muddled up!

I sent off a quick email to the right person and soon got a message back to apologise for not replying and saying that the invoice had gone through - relief. Now, I'm just wondering whether or not I should drop the other editor a quick message to explain and apologise for the random email? The fact that it's been nearly a week and he's said nothing, makes me think he probably just deleted it, so perhaps it's better not to draw attention to my stupidity!



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