My email program allows me to sort email addresses into categories. Each category has a color, so editors, clients, publishers, marketing and pr folks all have their own color. When their email pops into my mailbox, their name and subject are in color so I know to read it. Anyone emailing for the first time has no designation and so their address is in black.
Helps weed out email from Nigeria and Rabbitania, and those wanting to help me enlarge my ...um...vocabulary.
IF you've queried Miss Snark and we've had some correspondence, you also have a category. It's called "potential clients". It's a nice lovely green.
This morning I had an email. I didn't remember the email address, but because it was green, I knew to open it.
Alas. A chain letter. A chain letter about the year of the dog.
Clearly this person had added Miss Snark's email address to her address book, and then just sent this email to "all".
First of all, don't ever do that anyway.
Second, please, don't EVER send that shit to an agent. If I'd been thinking of taking this woman on as a client, I'd be having more than second thoughts now. This is the behavior of the rank amateur.
Keep a separate email address for your e=queries, and put agent addresses in those. Don't send us anything personal, even if you think it's good for our souls, pocketbooks, or our business. NO EXCEPTIONS.