Fan mail was always one of the things I dreamed about getting once I became a published author. Of course when I got my contract, and got my web site finished I was so excited that people wanted to join my newsletter “fan club”. One lady even said the reason she asked to be added to the group was because my books reminded her of Elizabeth Vaughn’s War series. To say the least I was flattered. And of course, scared that she’d ask to be uninvited when she read TIES OF VALOR.
Unfortunately, I never got to see my readers’ reactions to my wonderful cast of characters. And sending that newsletter about Trisk’s bankruptcy and admitting the book wouldn’t be coming out when they’d been waiting was one of the hardest things I had to do. I knew I had to be honest, and tell them the score, but it made me cringe. I know hoe loyal fans can be and how hard it is to get them back if they’re burned. I was afraid they might not take a chance on me again.
So I can’t say that I’ve received any true fan mail, but I have gotten compliments on my excerpts. In fact I had people asking for more, which is always a great thing! A close second to fanmail was receiving posts on my chapters at Gather and Romance Junkies when I entered their contests. It truly was entertaining, and occasionally interesting what people picked up on in my writing.
Some of the best letters/cards I’ve gotten were from people I’ve judged in contests. They are grateful for the things I’ve pointed out, or atleast appear to be :0) I was just happy to help others as my writing friends had helped me. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of those authors in person at conferences, which was extra special!
I think next to chatting with a fan about your books, fan mail is about the closest thing a person can get when they don’t live in your “neck of the woods”. So if I ever get the chance to receive some, I’ll treasure each one. And yes, I know sometimes they’re the good, bad and downright ugly…but atleast they’ll be mine to sock away in a shoebox.
One of the items in my office that I still treasure is Carrie Alexander’s response to a fan letter I sent her. She took the time to write me a six page letter longhand back before computer’s were an everyday tool. These kinds of thoughtful deeds really can change a girl’s life!
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