Today was “Clean out the Matador inbox day.”
There are always some real doozies in there, but today might have just taken the prize.
We received a submission from a writer whose e-mail address was: firstname.lastname@example.org. (the “xxx” standing in for an email service and some other choice information omitted; I don’t want y’all sending her any funny e-mails, you know?).
Yes, I’m serious.
Now, there are lots and lots of tips out there for writers, floating around the Internet, in our own travel writing course, and–wait for it!–in good old fashioned books like Writer’s Market, and all of these sources tell you pretty much the same thing: Don’t use an email like email@example.com to submit your work.
I used to read that type of advice and think, “Huh? People really need this spelled out for them?”
Well, yes, apparently they do.
And no, we will not be running the article by jackassbiatch.