Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I've been emailing a whole slew of greeting card companies and small manufacturers over the past month, in the hope of finding a couple of clients who would want to use my illustrations on their products. I email them and send along a link to my Web site. It certainly is easier and cheaper than in the old days when I sent out packages of color copies and SASEs and had to wait months sometimes for a response.
But I've also applied to jobs or emailed people through Craig's List, which must work for someone or it wouldn't be so popular. I must send out 25 emails to one response, and even then those responses tend to be scammers or spammers disguised as job opportunities. The real people don't even bother to reply.
How hard is it for people seeking help or an artist to cut and paste a "Sorry but the job is filled" reply? But no reply appears to be the norm. Is this what the Internet has wrought? A culture of thieves and/or impolite people?
On the bright side, one of my emails to a potential client paid off and that one response has opened up a whole new slew of possibilities (hopefully lucrative ones). But all of this has taught me that no matter how badly others behave, I'm not going to succumb to the broad acceptance that because a 'letter' is in the form of an email that it's less valid and less deserving or a response.
So the bottom line is that if you write to me you WILL get a response.:)