I like getting email. I read about 80% of my emails and get back to about 50% of them. Sometimes I'm a bit too busy and can't muster the time that day to respond. Life happens. I'm only a 1 man operation and I do get media requests and job offers.
Be concise and professional. Remember that people will back underdogs but never losers. I like it when people have a can do attitude and are going places in life.