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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hello Marie – I Mean Richard by Andy Scheer

The other day I got a query about a novel from Marie. I knew it was from her because that's the name that was displayed in my email folder. And that was the name that accompanied the email address at the top of the letter.

As I read the query, I envisioned how this female writer would handle the male POV character she described, especially considering he was a soldier during wartime.

Then I got to the closing paragraphs--and discovered the person writing me was actually a retired police office named Richard who lived with his wife, Marie.

Oh!

I had to recast my impression of everything I had read in the letter. Especially my view of the author's professionalism.

How hard is it to get your own free email account through Yahoo! or G-mail? Yes, my wife and I share several email accounts—but not the ones I use professionally.

Meanwhile I've added to my list of writing pet peeves. One is a dramatic scene that, without warning, turns out to be only a dream. My new pet peeve is wanna-be writers who identify themselves one way with their email account—then pull a switcheroo.

Please, remember what you learned in kindergarten: Put your name—your own name—on the top of your paper.

4 comments:

Davalyn Spencer said...

Love the kindergarten reference. So true.

Diana said...

Well said.

Rick Barry said...

When new to a writer's loop, I once responded to a question from "John" and used that name. Another author followed my comment by writing, "Um, Rick, that question is from Kay. John is her husband." Not an embarrassing correction to me, but pity the editor who wonders why a man named John is penning a prairie romance.

dustin said...

Interesting to read that the action scenes as dreams are a pet peeve of yours. I've seen the technique used effectively in two of Dan Brown's novels....but he is Dan Brown, after all.