I have blogged about this topic before, but figured it was time to revisit again, 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 180 members, my presenters and around 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 is 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 had a brief correspondence with. 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).
Then 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 it is an agent you 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,