Thursday, August 02, 2007

Booking It Through the Mail

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~Benjamin Franklin


Have you ever written an author a fan letter?

No. I have been emailing the authors we review at LASR (the ones we do that aren't by request) -- does that count?

And... I was tidying up the house the other day and found a letter my DD wrote to Brian Jacques. I need to mail it to him! She wrote, in part (it was a LONG letter): "I love your books. They make me feel like I am inside them." How's THAT for a compliment? We won't go into the part where she talks about our dog drooling on her foot...

Did you get an answer?

I have, without exception, received responses back from every author I emailed. That was very neat -- and made me feel all warm and fuzzy (and more likely to buy their next book... Smart Marketing 101).

As noted, I haven't mailed DD's letter yet. But I will. It was very cute.

Did it spark a conversation? A meeting? (And, sure, I suppose that e-mails DO count . . . but I’d say no to something like a message board on which the author happens to participate.)

I have, in fact, carried on fairly in depth email conversations with a couple of the authors. I found out one has a husband who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and another is good friends with the person who edited my TWRP Vintage Rose story, "Miles From You" -- small world!

It's always a good reminder to do something like this, so we realize even the bigger selling authors are still just human beings.

Judy has posted a challenge at her blog. She claims that August is the month of --

-- and that we're supposed to post one happy thing every day.

Um... I'm happy I know what day it is? Seriously... I've been messed up all week.

And... I'm happy all of my pillars are still alive. No more casualties to note here at Pillar Place: Monarch. In fact, their rate of growth is astounding. I'm adding new leaves daily to everyone (except Clarisse, our accidental latest addition -- she is still nearly microscopic). Aside from the crunchings and munchings in the spare bedroom, there is nothing else to report.

I do anticipate a bonus post for Pillar Place: Swallowtail, however. Lily is due to come out of her pupa today! I'll let you know if it happens.


You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.

The ironic part of this is... I'm totally a morning person! I have to admit, though, much of what it says is dead on.


Dru said...

I've written to authors and the majority have responded to my email.

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

Yes, I'm definitely a morning person.

Have a good Thursday and may happiness fulfill your day.

Alice Teh said...

I'm your fan, Marianne! I've enjoyed all your WRP stories and my favourite is... you know which one. :D

I did the test too and found that I am "Noon". True... The results:

You are upbeat, ambitious, and never at loss for energy. You have a lot that drives you in life. The desire to be the best, and a secret hope of fame and power. And while you definitely have a Type A personality, you are still fun to be around. You have a ton of charisma and a genuine interest in others. You are adored by many.

Jen said...

I'm totally a morning person, too.

We got to see Brian Jacques at a small, independent bookstore in town. He's a rollicking... NUT! In a wonderful way. And he LOVES getting letters and he'd love the dog drooling part - trust me. Don't get DD's hopes up, but I'll bet you he writes back to her.

Melissa said...

That's great your daughter has started writing authors. I need to do that more!

I don't want to know what type of time of day person I am!

Gay said...

I haven't written many. In fact, I think the first one I wrote was Les Edgerton, the man who wrote HOOKED, to tell him how helpful I found his book and that I wished I'd found it when I started writing my novel rather than when I was about halfway through.

He wrote me a delightful e-mail back, corresponded with me a few times, and sent me a signed copy of a book of his short stories. And also said that next time he came to California, he wanted to drive down to San Diego and meet me for coffee.

He also visited my website (the address was in the signature of my e-mail) and followed the links toNorbert and Smedley. I was flattered that he took the time.

Brandy said...

I have written to an author, actually 2. And both took the time to write back. Both were very gracious and sweet.
I recieved the same as Dru. The funny thing is I do not rise with the Sun!

Glad to hear that 'Pillar Place hasn't had any more casualties.

Have a fun day!

Cee Cee said...

Happy BTT! I think it's nice when authors take the time out to respond.

Julia said...

Yes I have written to authors and get responses back :) I find it really cute and sweet that you mention about your DD wrote letter to Brian Jacques, and the fact that you will sent it but you haven't yet ;) I never read books by Brian Jacques before, but I guess I should give him a try.

Also, I think I should give your books, Marianne a try too. If Alice like it, am sure I would too :)

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a happy Thursday!

Melody said...

It's always great to hear from your favourite authors, no matter how short the letter is.

I think I'm a morning person...without trying the little quiz because I need my sleep! LOL.

Hope you've a great day today.

Literary Feline said...

Every time this topic comes up in conversation, I think to myself that I will write to the next author whose book I enjoyed. And yet I don't. I should. I want to. I even "write" letters in my head, and yet they never get transcribed to paper or the computer.

Teena said...

I'm a midnight too :)