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Friday, September 01, 2006
Little Mistakes... The Obtrusive Sig Lines

Sig lines... those little very helpful things at the bottom of an email. I love 'em and have discovered a lot of kewl new authors and websites because of them. But, if not done right, they can be horribly annoying.

I admit, I was one of those authors with the obnoxiously long sig line when I first got started. I didn't mean to be, but I think what happened is that as my books came out, I just kept adding them and couldn't force myself to take any away. Luckily, I wised up and stopped or my sig line would look something like this...

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Pleasure Cruise (with Mandy Roth)

Maiden and The Monster
Red Light Specialists


Wicked Words Anthology - Print only

Fierce Competition - Print only

Opposites Attract - Print only
Bit by the Bug - Print only


Dragon Lords: The Barbarian Prince

Dragon Lords: The Perfect Prince

Dragon Lords: The Dark Prince

Dragon Lords: The Warrior Prince

Lords of the Var: The Savage King

Lords of the Var: The Playful Prince

Lords of the Var: The Bound Prince

Mountain's Captive - Contemporary CAPA Winner

Cupid's Enchantment


Well, you get the point, lol. I don't have the energy to list them here, that's why I keep the website. :)

Most experts say (and by experts, I mean vocal bunch who happen to be saying it) that sig lines should be no more than 3-4 lines with only the necessary info-- You name, website link, newest release or a review quote or small one liner from the book or latest award or link to join a group/mailing list or contest announcement with link to get more info.

Sig lines should be clear, easy to read and shorter than the email or board posting. A three line comment shouldn't have a ten line ad at the end of it. Those I tend to ignore. In an informal setting, a pretty or sexy picture/banner can be nice, but only if it's small and doesn't take my high speed internet connection a year to download--I can't imagine the people on dial up.

Some people use catchy little slogans or funny sayings. I once had some that said:

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Arguing with characters is cheaper than therapy.

(still VERY true, lol)

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Pleasure Cruise- Now from EC!
Read 'em, Love 'em, otherwise complain to Mandy

(Of course, this one was on a group who knew Mandy Roth and I wrote books together, had my website addy already, and who know I am hardly every serious-unless forced to be, lol.)

For a bigger look there is:

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Maiden and the Monster - Historical - Ellora's Cave
RT BOOKreview Magazine TOP PICK
"the writing is superb"

See how I ignored the 3-4 line rule? LOL That's, um, cause I'm a rebel and.... oh, nevermind. Rules aren't set in stone by any means.

For simple and to the point:

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These are good when you aren't sure of the group's etiquettete. It's simple, to the point and gives an easily clickable way for the readers to find out about you. A lot of times, if a readers likes what you've said in your comment, they'll want to check you out.

Whatever your sig line, there are a few things they should always have-- Your name and a link to find out more about you, whether it's a book buy link, your website, your author page on the publisher's website. I prefer the links to be clickable--less work. If I have to copy/paste a link and open my browser, I'm less likely to do it.

posted by Michelle Pillow @ 11:55 AM  

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