I want to share a thing that happened to me this morning...I received a query package in the mail yesterday, and I looked it through and was interested. However, I had some questions, so I sat down this morning and composed an email to the author, outlining my thoughts and framing my questions. It took me about 45 minutes. Then I typed in the author's email address and hit SEND.
Almost instantly a reply flashed back to my email. I opened it up to see a little auto-responder message explaining that this email address was very concerned about spam and had therefore put some filters in place. The message instructed me to click on the link below, complete the form and wait for the verification to come back. Once I had that, it said, I would be free to re-submit my email. Then it ended on the happy note that, once verified, I would be free to send all the mail I wished, etc. etc.
Any guesses on what happened to that query? For those who suggested REJECT...you are spot on! I have no interest in trying to work with an author who throws up all kinds of barricades to communication. None of us like SPAM...I get a ton of it, but I look at it as the price we pay for the many conveniences of email, just DELETE DELETE DELETE!!
In my opinion, this is a very bad idea. Suppose that I gritted my teeth and got my email address verified...what happens the next time, should I used another email address? I'd have to go through that process over and over. What if it was a feature writer for a newspaper, looking to interview? Or the booker on a TV or radio show? Do you seriously think these busy people are going to stop and fill out these little forms and get verified? I am betting NOT!
I sincerely hope that any of you who are blocking legitimate sends so you can avoid seeing SPAM mails will rethink this. As the saying goes, "if you want to make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs" ...