Soon I will be pried out of New York with a crowbar.
Yes, the Alaska Writing Guild was brave enough to invite me to their writing conference, and given I like polar bears and hoped one or two might register for the conference, I said yes.
As part of my work for the conference I'm receiving emailed manuscript pages, and query letters. Of course, with any such information exchange there are snags.
Tonight was a common one. One person sent me the email address for an author who needed some specific questions answered. I clicked on the address, sent an email.
Boing! Boing! Bounced back faster than you can say "googleschmoogle"
What to do?
It's 2 in the morning here in New York. Even with a five hour time difference it's pretty late to start calling up strangers on a Sunday night.
So, I did what I always do first: I googled. Sure enough, up pops the author's blog, and there's his email address in his bio.
Bingo, bango, bongo, much better than boing boing, yes indeed.
Even if the blog was empty, if it had the email address it would have given me what I needed. A contact page on a website would have too.
Even if you're not published, even if you're just starting out, be READY if someone needs to reach you.
Here's the rule: Be reachable.