A Snarkling wonders:
I'd be interested in your thoughts on this piece of advice given on a website giving lots of otherwise useful information about agents:
"Salutation: Use a formal business greeting. We recommend "Attn. Ms. Jade Walker," or "Attn. Ms. Walker." In our opinion, "Dear Ms. Walker" is never appropriate in a business letter."
I have polled some writer friends and not one of us has ever dispensed with the "Dear Miss Snark" type salutation.
Are we all completely wrong and uncool? Have we been overfamiliar? Somehow starting a letter or email "Attn. Miss Snark" seems a little brisk. Not to mention brusque.
Thanks for your views! I really enjoy your blog.
Oh wait, I mean, Attn: me.
This is nuts.
“Attn: Miss Snark” sounds like a letter from my draft board.
I'm as snarky as they come about salutations but even I don't object to Dear Miss Snark. If it's fine with Emily Post it's fine with me.
Now, closings, that's another matter.
Miss Snark prefers "your obedient servant" but "Sincerely yours" seems to be the phrase of the day.
Thanks for your kind words about the blog.
It's a kick in the pants to write.