Calm down. I’m not going anywhere. I was just getting your attention.
I was submitting a short story just now, and the literary magazine required a cover letter. Fine, no problem. But then I got to the end of my email, and I was stumped. How do I sign off? I usually solve this problem in business emails by ending the email with a thank you of some kind, but in this case I had just written “thanks for your consideration” and now what? This is when I began to think for maybe the hundredth time that there are really not very many – or perhaps any – satisfying email sign-offs. For example:
Sincerely. Oh, you’re a writer? Good job. Very creative.
Best. Best what? What does it mean? Ambiguity is another fantastic quality in a writer.
Regards. You clearly have no original thought whatsoever.
I went with warm regards, so now the editors believe I’m not just boring, but also (lamely) hitting on them.
I’m open to suggestions. Seriously. Help me.