Okay, folks, I am reaching out for your opinion on author e-mails.
For months I have been drowning in e-mails -- I get about 4,000 a month and I was trying to answer them all and write two novels a year and tour and actually be present for my family. Two days ago, my hair caught fire during my attempt to balance all of it (this was metaphorical) and I had my webmaster take my e-mail address off my website.
It did not make me feel good.
But my reasoning was, if I can't answer all of them, I can't answer any of them, because how would I know where to draw the line? And if I can't answer any of them, I won't let people send e-mails to an inbox I don't respond to, even if I read them. And I thought, well, I have twitter and Facebook and the blog and I still reply to just about everybody on those and I also have a mailing address on there. So people can get in touch with me still, even if it's harder, right?
I still feel . . . funky.
But I cannot keep on answering 4,000 emails a month. It's just . . . impossible. The ulcers are getting too angry. They say: you need more time in the evening not staring at a computer! And you just don't ignore it when the ulcers start talkin'.
So here is the question. As a reader, would you prefer to have an e-mail address to be able to send an email to an author, even if she doesn't reply, or better to have no e-mail because she doesn't reply?