For the next few Wednesdays, I'm going to be sharing some things I have learned along this writing journey. They are out of the ordinary things that I usually learned the hard way and wish I had known much sooner. Hope it is helpful!
Wish I Knew #1: (This is a general rule, not true in every case -- but widely true and something to give consideration)
Your e mail address can keep editors/agents from opening your query.
Many (not all) editors/agents do not open e mail addresses that are not names. For example hotchick(at)whatever(dot)com or bestmommyever(at)something(dot)com.
They get a lot of emails and spam and are very cautious about possible viruses or other malware. If they run their mouse over your email address and the name that pops up does not match the address, they will most likely delete the e mail w/out opening it.
Additional fact: unless specifically requested, they will NOT open attachments. If you query via e mail and include pages, you MUST include them in the body of your text.
How I know this is true:
I queried under my family e mail address. It was benign, but not my name. Weeks and months passed w/out any responses. Then I read this post on Janet Reid's site about how she does not open any mail sent from such accounts.
I realized how that might explain why 0% of the queries I sent received responses. I then re-sent them under my tesshilmo(at)whatever(dot)com
and - bingo!
So - if you are waiting to hear back on queries sent under a generic e mail, know that they may have been deleted.
Seriously consider having an e mail account with your name. It appears more professional (imho) and will give you a fighting chance that the targeted recipient will actually open your query.
Invitation: have you learned things along this path that you'd like to share? Feel free to host your own Wish I Knew Wednesday...it will be fun to learn from each other!Questions: Did you know this? Do you have your name as your e mail? Have you experienced any trouble w/ a non-name e mail address?