You’d think these tips would be obvious but both came up for me today.

1) Please use only one email address, preferably something that sounds professional, ala “yourname(at)” It looks bad if your email address keeps changing, and maybe even worse if your preferred email is “hotmama(at) Try not to confuse prospective agents or publishers first thing out the gate.

Use the same sort of email address you would use if you were applying for a loan. You want people to take you seriously, right?

2) If you’re sending equeries to multiple agents or publishers, please use common sense and add their addresses to your spam blocker ahead of time.

I’m sorry but I won’t fill out the form online just to tell you I’m passing on your idea. And if I’m on the fence, having to jump through hoops will definitely kill any buzz I have for your project.

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