January 9th, 2009

spring

Your Mileage May Vary

I would suggest to people submitting electronically that you may want to look further than just the body of the cover letter when trying to look as professional as possible. If your email comes with a tag like "SparkleDawnPrincess","p0wnedagain," or some other clever nick that you have had since third grade, you might want to consider either changing it or creating a different e-mail account with your real name attach in order to submit things to publications.

Am I looking at those nicks and going "oh noes I cannot accept a story from SparkleDawnPrincess"? No. If SparkleDawnPrincess has written a terrific story, I'll take it. But it does create a less than professional feeling -- and you've only got that cover letter to make that first impression with, so perhaps you want to make sure every detail is right.

On the other hand, you may not care. And that's a valid position too. But at least be aware you're making that statement.