I’ve been messing around with my email signature lately. Sometimes I get signature envy when I scroll to the bottom of people’s emails and see how much effort they put into personalizing the end of their messages. I’m honestly in awe of others who offer excellent quotes (maybe some Lasso-isms for Lisa?)
I don’t know what quote I would choose. Growing up, we even had this encyclopedic book of quotations—and they all sounded impressive to me! I also respect those who can make up customized quotes. For example, my literary agency, BookEnds printed a sticker with this quote: “To Write or Not to Write? There is no question.” (At least I think they made up the saying.)
I don’t think I’d be able to craft a beautiful quote. I’d probably try to mimic Forrest Gump but end up with something like, “Life is like a…fortune cookie: crunchy and wrapped around a hidden message.”
No, I’d rather keep my email signature short and simple. As an author, though, I know I need to include social media and website links. And advertise my next book. I’m not a graphic designer at all, so I begged to copy my author buddy’s signature (thank you to the generous Denise Williams for allowing me to do so).
I tweaked the image and info, and I swear everything was going smoothly for a little while. But then I somehow lost the cover art. I don’t even know when it happened because, sadly, I never pay any attention to my own email signature.
I finally caught the error and fixed it. That wasn’t the end, though. I knew I had to change it some more to add in my new volunteer position. I’m now officially Vice President of Sisters in Crime. Shameless plug: Join this amazing community of people who love reading, writing, and supporting crime fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense!
Here is my new fancy email signature. Hope it lasts!
How do you personalize your signature—or not?