This is a very quick note. It will not apply to all of you. So, I get a lot of queries. And a lot of those queries are from mysterious writerly types who have chosen mysterious writerly names for themselves. Names like “J.D. Smith” or “P.U. Smellweather.” (Okay, maybe not “P.U. Smellweather.”)
When you’re P.C. Cast or J.K. Rowling, or you have a book cover to put your mysterious writerly name on, then you can use the initials. But in a query, if you use just your mysterious writerly name and nothing else, I don’t know who to respond to. And I feel stupid writing “Dear P” in an email.
You know my name. Can you please tell me yours when you query me? (Or, you know, tell me why people are so enamored with using initials as writer names? Is it the distinctiveness? The anonymity? The intrigue?)