If I receive another e-mail with an address from firstname.lastname@example.org or from email@example.com or from firstname.lastname@example.org, I'm going to ... hmmm, nothing original comes to mind. But trust me, I'm not going to be happy.
Okay, I know some of you may not like this blog post. I’ll admit I'm ranting a bit. I know many of you are fond of your creativity. Or you may find change difficult. Just stay with me for the rest of this post.
Imagine the editors and agents who receive tons of e-mails from prospective clients. They also have to wade through spam mail. Now take a peek in your spam folder. See any similarities to your e-mail address?
Way back in the fourth grade we learned how to write a return address on an envelope's upper left hand corner. Doing so meant the receiver knew who the letter was from. Now think about your e-mail address in that corner instead. Would you want to open the letter if you'd never met email@example.com?
Your e-mail address is your calling card--your nom de plume, if you will. Agents and editors look at it. Someone once said, “You only get one chance to make a good first impression,”--and that includes your e-mail address. What kind of impression does gluvsdogs@ make? So, someone whose name begins with "G" loves dogs.Or maybe someone likes to put gloves on their dog. So what? E-mail addresses like this scream unprofessional!
Can I tell you another secret? Your friends don’t like your fun, funky e-mail address much, either. Every time they want to send you an e-mail, they have to wrack their brains to remember whose e-mail address is whose. Something simple like firstname.lastname@example.org lets Betty’s friends know who’s emailing them. It also lets the agent she just queried know that Betty's not a spammer and that she takes her career seriously.
When it comes to your e-mail address, just KISS it. Just Keep It Simple Sista.
So tell me, what do your friends' e-mail addresses say to you? What does your e-mail address say to others?
~ Ginger Takamiya
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