Aggressively Not Answering E-Mail at the Moment

If you’ve tried e-mailing me in the last few weeks, you’ll note that I have an automatic reply up saying that responses would be delayed at best (and possibly non-existent) because I’m hard up on a deadline. This is a quick note to:

a) Reiterate this point — I am really not engaged in my e-mail queue at the moment except for immediate business concerns;

b) To extend my e-mail ignoring ways through to the 15th of October, on account of travel I have next week.

This is not to say you can’t send me e-mail — please do, if you feel you must. I do read the e-mail I get. Just that unless I judge it related to immediate and critical business issues, my response will likely be tardy and/or very short, or non-existent. It’s not personal. I’m not answering literally dozens of e-mail a day at this point.

(To those of you who have sent me Big Idea queries — I have them. October is scheduled and I’ll be scheduling November and December post deadline/travel.)

Also, a general comment, not aimed at anyone specifically: Just because I’m not responding to most e-mails at the moment doesn’t mean that you should use comment threads at Whatever (or Facebook/Twitter) as alternate routes to send me questions that you’d otherwise send me an e-mail for. It’s not the medium of e-mail specifically that I’m not responding to. It’s anything that’s not directly related to my deadline.

13 Comments on “Aggressively Not Answering E-Mail at the Moment”

  1. joshuaunruh – Oklahoma City, OK – Contributor Joshua Unruh is a novelist, blogger, and freelance writer. It took the death of Marvel Heroic to get him involved in the fan community, but he's in it up to his eyeballs now. He's been reading superhero comics for thirty years and a a tabletop roleplayer for about twenty-five years. Despite nostalgic love for TSR Marvel, Marvel Heroic is the first superhero RPG that he's enjoyed as a superhero game. You can find Josh on Twitter as @JoshuaUnruh, at his blog or email him joshuaunruh [at] gmail [dot] com.
    Joshua Unruh

    Ummmm, I’d be one of the offenders, specifically on the Big Idea front. But I didn’t get an autoreply (which is why you got a follow up email…for which I am now apologizing). I hope that there’ll be a little give in the deadline since publication… :)

    Good luck with the deadlines!

  2. Mr. Scalzi, sir; You just take any time you need making us that sweet, sweet reading matter we all love and want. We’re good.

  3. I sent you an email 3-4 years ago & am still stunned that I got a reply – not just a reply but a thoughtful, funny reply. Its rare that I write someone I don’t know and the few time I have taken the time to write someone of any importance I never expect a reply – and am rarely disappointed 8-{D

    Why people would expect any reply, let alone a prompt one from a stranger they are intruding on is a mystery to me.

  4. Cindy Lou,

    Aside from the ‘help the economy’ part, I’m not sure how getting a reply from a PA is actually any better than an autoresponse for anyone looking for a personal response from John. :)

    Let me also say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised a couple of times over the years by the long, thoughtful responses I’ve gotten when sending John a question or comment. I don’t think many ‘microcelebrities’ take that kind of time to really dialog with their fans.

  5. I’m always amazed that while John is in not-answering-emails-mode, he still takes the time to create fluffy blog posts for his clamorous fans. Although a PA might not help with Mr. Scalzi’s email, surely one could help moderate the blog comments. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to wield the Mallet of Loving Correction?!

  6. I am aggressively not sending you an e-mail. Although I think I’ve only ever sent, like, two. And one was for a typo in a book, that I’m sure you just sighed at.

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