"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Lately I've had plenty of cause to turn off my automatic e-mail signature and tagline. You know--the rather lengthy one that touts me as a writer of "Fiction that bridges cultures," an award-winning author at that (listing the particular award), and then finishes off with links to my website and blog.
I've turned it off for personal family emails dealing with my mother's recently diagnosed cancer. I mean, we're discussing life and death possibilities and all of that author stuff just seems so out of place. I've turned it off for messages to my daughter at college. She wants to hear from Mom, not Tanya Parker Mills, yada yada yada. I've definitely turned it off for the queries I've been sending out. Agents want the basics, particularly the gist of the story. If they like that, then they'll ask for more. And if they like my manuscript, then (and only then) will they be likely to check me out online, leading them to my website, which features everything in that lengthy signature tagline.
Now, I've decided to turn it off for two more groups of people: you, my ANWA sisters, and my friends over at LDStorymakers. Why? Well, for one thing, we're already acquainted so why should I keep marketing myself to you. When we join we have an opportunity then and there to introduce ourselves to each other. If you're new to ANWA (and missed my introduction) and you come across something I post that you like, your natural curiosity will lead you to check out my website on your own. Granted, you may not have the time, but I figure that I'd rather just be plain old me around all of you. My other reason? It takes up a lot less space on the e-mail lists for both groups. I think I recall several postings from Marsha asking us not to include taglines after our names on these postings, but I still left mine on and I know I haven't been the only one. That ends today.
What do you think? I know we're told we have to market ourselves as writers, but do you agree that there's a time and a place to market...and there's a time and a place to just be you?