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RALAN'S MARKET REPORT
5 October 2004
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Part 13: "Smart E-mail Links, or How to Avoid Bugging Editors"
by Ralan
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There's a new feature in the listings, which I felt was self-explanatory. Several writers, however, have made it clear that it's not. When you click on the e-mail link on the new type of listing (those whose titles link directly to the publication's web site) it automatically places a warning message in the body of the e-mail (if one is needed) as the outgoing message form opens in your e-mail program. Something like: "THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS IS NOT FOR SUBMISSIONS, see web site guidelines for e-submission address." But many writers just "right-click" to copy the e-mail address and then paste it into their outgoing message (especially those who use Hotmail, Yahoo, and the like), so they never see the warning. The warning also shows up in your browser's "Status Bar" (the one that runs along the very bottom of your browser's screen -- you have to enable it under the "View" menu if it's not there). My advice is to activate your Status Bars and pay attention.

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