by Raelene Gorlinsky
Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine, and I've seen others (as in, editors and agents) comment on it.
Nowadays, when so much business communication is done via email, YOU MUST HAVE A PROFESSIONAL-SOUNDING EMAIL ADDRESS NAME.
Do you really think any business person is going to want to deal with someone whose email is GypsyFucker or CallMeStupid or TotallyHotTeen or WillWriteForFood? (Yes, I made those up so as not to embarrass real people - they are very similar to but actually tamer than ones I regularly see on manuscript submissions.)
Email addresses are free and you can have as many as you want. It's smart to have separate emails for personal and business. If you don't own your own websiteURL/email domain name, get yourself a business email address on gmail or yahoo. Make it tame and sensible. Simplest and best thing is to make it your NAME - either real or pen. That would greatly increase your chances of people remembering it. PattyPenname@gmail.com or RalphReal@yahoo.com - you sound like a sensible person I might consider dealing with.
Save CrazyCathouseLady for personal emails with your friends.