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  • Finished a chapter today -- so that's something, I guess.

    Anyone know if this is valid?

    http://www.authormedia.com/why-autho...-a-difference/

    Do you know what makes me cringe?

    Getting an email from a professional that isn’t professional.

    I’m not talking about the tone or content of the email. I’m referring to something much simpler than that: the email address.

    There’s nothing as disheartening than getting an email from a business or established author with a return address like [email protected].

    Really?

    It’s time to get a real email address.
    Now, I don’t mean to be unnecessarily harsh. But if your email address even loosely resembles the one I made up, it doesn’t reflect very well on you as a professional. If you want to be treated as a professional writer, make sure that your address is up to par.

    Most of you probably already know that means using your real name, and not random letters, numbers, or words. What may surprise you is that it’s also considered unprofessional to use generic e-mail providers after the @ in your email address.

    That means, no addresses that end in:
    @Aol.com
    @Ymail.com
    @Juno.com
    @Facebook.com
    etc.
    Those smack of unprofessionalism. They’re perfectly okay for your personal correspondence, but in the professional world they can hurt you. You can do so much better.

    Gmail is somewhere in the middle of the field. As it becomes easier to create a professional email address based off your name, Gmail is sliding down to the unprofessional side of the scale. It’s time for a lot of people, including myself, to make the switch.

    If you were going to hire a lawyer, a nutritionist, or a publicist, you wouldn’t take them seriously if they had an email address that wasn’t professional. You’d expect the standard “name @ company website” format. Anything else and you’ll probably throw that business card away.

    Don’t you think agents and editors think the same way?

    Being a creative doesn’t give you permission to be unprofessional.
    The beauty of being a creative means that you can be professional…with panache.

    You can craft the warmest and wittiest emails, but if no one believes you are a legitimate writer, it won’t matter. They’ll just take one look at your address and then delete the letter without opening it up. The same with your newsletters.

    If you have a website, you should have an email address to match it. This should be your formula: [email protected].
    Which is fine, whatever. Seems a little nitpicky to me.

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    • That's totally stupid. You SHOULD have a non-bizarre email address (like some variation of your name or initials) but a gmail account vs. a personalized URL?



      Honestly, I find the [email protected] pretty fucking oddball. And if you're a professional writer or editor who works alone? Why not just use your name instead of a "quirky" company name (that, by the way, complicates your accounting life exponentially).

      ETA:
      Since I have a URL that is MyName.com and I have a hosting company and the whole bit I actually do have access to creating a personalized email addy. And you can use gmail to send and receive using whatever URL you have access to but it's all unnecessarily complicated, IMO. Just don't be [email protected] when you send an email query!
      Last edited by isadora; 06-10-2013, 03:44 PM.
      Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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      • Honestly, I find the [email protected] pretty fucking oddball.
        Thank you. To me, it sounds like someone who writes self-help books, or who invents new Prancercise vids. I don't want to be a corporation!

        I don't think Hemmingway would ever have been [email protected], that's what I'm saying.

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        • PREACH. So true.
          Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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          • How much do hosting fees run you, is?

            If I'm going to do recaps and other stuff, I probably want a better site than I can get through blogger.

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            • Does my @paceyporn.com still work?

              Who's your beta reader, hophy?

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              • I have a goodly sized list of volunteers to beta . . . but I have the feeling most will back out once they realize it's going to be 115k words of dragon-y stuff without a single mention of smexytimes.

                I don't expect anyone to like it!

                Going to have some time to myself this week to try and finish up the final two chapters. I might even get serious enough to put myself on 48hr internet lockdown who am I kidding let's not get crazy that is crazy let's not do that.

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                • I don't buy it. I use dreamhost with the free Wordpress plugin but you can go easier and use a Wordpress.com site and a custom URL. Lots cheaper. I pay under $100/year for that.
                  Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                  • I would read 1,000,000 words of nerdy dragon stuff. And love it.

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                    • but I have the feeling most will back out once they realize it's going to be 115k words of dragon-y stuff without a single mention of smexytimes.
                      Now I'm super curious. Is there a love story or romance of any kind? Or is it more a friendship or *growing up* type story?

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                      • It's YA and there is some growing up stuff, but yes, there is also a romance. There is kissing!

                        But romance is not the central part of the story, and y'all know I don't do explicit.

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                        • Well, you know I'm going to eat it up. When it comes to YA, a little kissin' is enough for me. If there's zero kissing, I still read...with deep melancholy.

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                          • I don't think I could write a book with zero kissing . . . that just seems mean, both to the writers and to the characters. Life involves kissing! (or it should wherever possible)

                            My brother is being AWESOME. I sent him an email asking for advice on hosting companies, and ten mins later he'd already registered my domain name and set up the hosting on his own servers. Now he wants me to send him sites that I like, so we can start talking about design.

                            I hadn't thought he'd do it all, because he normally only builds web architecture for major corporations, and I just need a dinky little author's site with a blog. But it's going to be schmancy and not cost me anything!



                            If anyone has any suggestions about the kind of stuff they wish authors would do on their sites . . . (other than recaps about teenage vampire shows, duh).

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                            • I don't really read much YA, but I *heart* dragons and adventures with dragons.

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                              • Awww, your brother is being awesome!

                                I know I'm going to love your story, kissing or no kissing.
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