Sundays for a normal person would be filled with all kinds of fun things – taking a walk, shopping, church, family time – gah, I sound like a Hallmark card, don’t I? Well, Sundays at Casa de Behler consist of going through submissions that have piled up over the weeks.
One thing that can really trip up correspondence is email. I’ve had three authors whose emails shot me one hell of an annoying “You are not on ABC’s approved email list. Send us a vial of your blood, your firstborn, and this filled-out sheet so Mr. ABC may add you to his approved list.”
Um. I know it’s Sunday and all, but SCREW Mr. ABC and his list. While I’m mightily tempted to offer up my firstborn, I will not jump through hoops just to send an email saying, “Hey, dood, I’d like to see some pages.” He’ll never know that I want pages. Furthermore, did Mr. ABC think any editor would stop what she’s doing to fill out such nonsense? Who lost here?
The other problem I’ve had is the guy who writes back after my repeated attempts to contact him to tell me that, Oh! I changed my email address and don’t use that old one anymore. Gee, heh, heh, lucky I checked this old address, huh? Headbang on desk.
Kids, may I inject something here? I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that you’d actually like to hear back from those you queried. To that end, doesn’t it make sense to have a dedicated email account ONLY for queries? Get a hotmail, yahoo, gmail account IN YOUR NAME. I don’t need email addys like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
That way you can switch over from Express to Outlook, maintain your cutsie-pie email addy, or request a major limb in order to make it past your ISP’s spam filters. None of it will affect your writing future.
As for the four authors I’m unable to contact…they will eventually want to know if I ever read their works. They can find me at email@example.com