When you sit down to write an email do you spell check? Make certain it’s otherwise grammatically correct? Addressed to the right person? Conveys the message you hope to get across? Contains information appropriate to the recipient? These, and more, should be concepts to keep in mind when querying an editor in this age of instant contact.
Even though this isn’t specifically writing related, would you ever send an email like this? In my role as an editor I have writers send me emails that do come in ALL CAPS (how annoying) or send it in bright color fonts, wacky backgrounds, or in fonts that are virtually impossible to read.
I realize that Times New Roman and Ariel fonts are boring but that Papyrus and Chaucer are exciting fonts but keep in mind, the editor isnt’ impressed by fancy fonts (yes, even if you’re writing poetry, a light airy font will not convey a light airy meaning to your work, it will only serve to annoy the editor) . What will impress an editor is a clean, well-thought-out query, your credentials and your knowledge of the subject matter of which you speak/write.
Take a look at your most recent queries (especially if they are in email form) were you courteous, direct, and was your email “legible”?