Sunday, April 01, 2012

Update #13: No, your sisterwives can't come to your job interview with you

Unless you have a co-author, YOUR name should be the only name in your email address.

HoneyAndSonnyButtonweazer@skinemax.com as an email address is great if you are BOTH the authors of the novel you're sending out to agents.

Otherwise, just you: Sundance Smith.
No Mrs. No Mr. No one else.

Having two names on the email is akin to having your spouse/s come along on a job interview.

You wouldn't do that would you?

Not unless you were interviewing at Harlequin.  Meet Mr. Shark:




14 comments:

Judith Gonda said...

That's interesting that people would use a shared email in a professional context. It would never occur to me not to have my own email so I was really surprised when several female hs classmates used their husband's email on a reunion site, especially confusing when you know the people by their maiden names and you don't know their husbands. I'm guessing it's related back to the days when companies like AOL had paid accounts, and people shared for economic reasons. But free accounts have been around for a long time so I'm still wondering why the shared email address thing persists. Togetherness?

Brent Stratford said...

So Brangelina@Tabloid-Fodder-R-Us.org would be a bad thing? Imagine that.

Steve Ulfelder said...

Can't believe you leaked Bill Cameron's new dust-jacket pic. Somebody's in big trouble.

Bonnee Crawford said...

Something I've decided as far as names go is that even if I get married and change my last name, the name I use to publish with will not change. I know that's not really related to this post, but it made me think about it :) Haha.

Wry Wryter said...

Sexy earlobes !

Feaky Snucker said...

Even though I go by Feaky Snucker pretty much everywhere online, and have an email with that name, I still use an alternative address with my real (maiden) name when querying/ doing business. Feaky's cheeky, but why take the chance of being dismissed for unprofessionalism?

Jamie Wyman said...

Please. I refuse to use any name *but* my own regardless of how much I hate the "why man?" jokes. Part of this is sheer stubbornness. Part of it is the fact that legally I have not switched to my husband's name yet. Mostly though, it's just knowing that some day that one college professor who said I'd never amount to anything will be standing at B&N looking at a display of my books going, "That Jamie Wyman?" Yes. THAT Jamie Wyman, *expletive deleted*.

Feaky Snucker said...

@Jamie - Yeah, that's brutal. I had an English teacher in grade ten who pulled the same thing. We had to write what we wanted to do with our lives, and on mine he wrote, 'I don't think you have what it takes to achieve big things.'

It wasn't a 'lets see if this motivates her,' scheme. He was just a complete dick. But way to instill self-doubt into an adolescent.

Michael Seese said...

Hey! How did you get MY picture! (Hey, it is April 1...right?)

Jamie Wyman said...

Feaky - Yeah, I had a few of those through the years. Good times. I want to send them my therapy bills. Or my booze bills.

Elissa M said...

How nice of Mr. Shark to change his name to yours.

Dale Bishop said...

"Not unless you were interviewing at Harlequin."

I think they prefer the same professional approach at Harlequin, too. It helps keep things organzied with the millions of romances they are selling.

BP said...

Sharks and humans get married? Wait, so their offspring is mer-sharks, right? Hmmm...not so sure how well that's going to work for you! ;D lol

Stephanie Barr said...

Ironically my husband is my coauthor, but it's just my name in the email. Maybe because I'm the collaborator that can spell and does all the grunt work.

That is true for more than writing, too.