I remember when I first became proficient enough to do all kinds of fun things with my email…adding a signature line, making a stationary background. It brought me back to the days when my friends used to dot the letter “i” with little hearts. I was always too chicken to do that because I didn’t have a cool purple pen. I stumbled along with my regulation blue Bic pen and secretly cheered my friends on when the teacher upbraided them for not writing in blue ink. A closet renegade…that’s me.
So when Word gave me all those options, I went nuts. I used to change my stationary background on my emails hourly. So many choices. Twinkling stars! Glowy moons! Little blue hearts! Stripes! Wavy lines! Ohhh, Nirvana.
And then I grew up and knew that this type of thing was fun for friends, but it seemed to send the wrong message when emailing my daughter’s inept, brain-dead English teacher who’d rather show Bowling For Columbine rather than teach her composition. How can one rip someone a new orifice with little dancing faeries tripping across the page?
So when I get a query letter with little rosy flowers splashed across the page, I think this author needs additional time to grow up.
I can’t recommend this enough: separate your personal and professional emails. Your professional email should be your name with a nice, boring plain white background. A sig line isn’t a bad idea because that’s where you’d put your contact info and website. Cutesy-pie makes most of us with black-hearts and no souls gag.