Today's special guest is the hard-working and creative Kerrie Flanagan, who's currently up to her ears and eyeballs with the final planning and tasks leading up to the Northern Colorado Writers Conference March 11-12 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Kerrie had a vision -- bring the writers and writing-related entrepreneurs from Northern Colorado together in one organization to support and encourage and educate. She's doing a wonderful job! The following post addresses one of the important details that distinguish the novice writer from the professional.
What Does Your Email Say About You? by Kerrie Flanagan, Director of Northern Colorado Writers
I have blogged about this topic before, but appreciate Pat giving me the opportunity to dust off my soapbox and address this issue one more time. I think it is an important topic, especially for anyone looking to get published.
I urge you, no I am begging you, please create an email address that actually has your name in it. It shows professionalism and it makes it easier to find.
As the director of Northern Colorado Writers I am accountable to 230 members, my presenters and around the Northern Colorado Writers Conference time, agents, editors, authors and other writers. Needless to say, I get a lot of email. I do a pretty good job keeping track of everything, but there are times when writers make my life a little challenging because when I sit down to send them an email, I can't figure out which email address is theirs. This challenge is not exclusive to my job as director. I have heard agents and editors say this is problem for them too.
Imagine sitting down to write an email to Laura Smith who you've had one email correspondence with and now you want to connect with her again. You do what we all do, start typing her name. But, if Laura doesn't have an email address with her name in it, you will type out the whole name and still not find her. So then you have to sort through the "no name" pile (just like a teacher).
This narrows it down, but now it is time do a little detective work. You either take a guess at whether Laura is a nudist or vegan, or you don't even bother to send the email--not good if you're an agent Laura sent a query to.
So please, make life a little easier for people and use your name in your email address. It shows you are a professional and helps others identify you.
Thanks for listening,
Kerrie is @Kerrie_Flanagan on Twitter. You can also follow her (as well as my) tweets at @NCW_FortCollins. Northern Colorado Writers is also on Facebook. Kerrie invites you to visit the page often and "Like" NCW to keep up with classes, contests, and conference news.