I could write a book on how to communicate ineffectively just by sharing the emails that I get. Here's one that I got today, with the subject "Books":
I run a book review blog. I was wondering if you would be willing to send me a copy of your latest Monk book in return for a review on my blog. Please contact me with your response. Thank you.
Sent from my iPhone
Hell of a pitch. Would have been even better if the dimwit thought to include the name, or perhaps even a link, to his blog. I also got this email from someone named "E. Belmont" with the subject heading "New TV Show Idea."
I would like to speak to you asap feel free to email me back or call me at 917-XXX-XXXX or 913-XXX-XXXX ok…?
Sent from Yahoo! Mail on my Android
Wow, who wouldn't drop everything he was doing, pick up the phone right away and make a long-distance call to a complete stranger after such a compelling pitch like that? What are you smoking, E. Belmont?