I get messages like this on a regular basis, so I thought I’d share one with y’all, followed by my (unsent) response:
From: Katie Shaw
Subject: Guest editorial on muddledramblings.com
We are interested in working with you and producing editorial content for your site, muddledramblings.com.
The content will be professionally written in line with your site’s theme and voice. If you are interested in exclusive content for your site, please let me know.
I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.
Dear Ms. Shaw,
Thank you for your kind offer, but I’m afraid I’m a bit confused. Professionally written in line with my site’s theme and voice? That’s inherently contradictory! Even if you could identify Muddled Ramblings’ theme (I sure as hell can’t), I assure you there’s nothing remotely resembling professionalism going on here.
Editor in Chief, Muddled Ramblings and Half-Baked Ideas