Writers Tip Tuesday

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) William Shakespeare

What’s in a name? That’s a very good question. In Romeo and Juliet, the innocent lover who is destined to exist forever in tragedy asked it with one thing on her mind, the boy she loved was from a rival family. So, what’s in a name?

Wikipedia defines name as a word or term used for identification. Names can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. A personal name identifies, not necessarily uniquely, a specific individual human.

Simple enough right? Not so much…

The truth is that in today’s society a name is everything; from the title of a book or movie to the individual who wrote it–the name is important. Names are RELEVANT  and when a writer is presenting their work to someone they don’t know, it is important to get the name spelled correct. All of this comes down to research.


Research is very important in the literary industry. When writing a cover letter, resume and even a query letter, make sure the name is SPELLED correct and that it is addressed to the CORRECT individual. If not, you may miss out on a great opportunity. You only get one chance to make a good impression. So, spelling IS important. It speaks to your attention to detail, the respect you have for your own work and the respect to the gate keepers.

Before you ask, the answer is yes, bloggers are gate keepers too.

Without bloggers it would be much more difficult for any author to spread the word about their work. So please respect the people you are asking to help you. Make sure you spell their name correct, do your research and pay attention to detail. If not, you will miss out…and you will have no one else to blame.

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