This is a writers’ blog and one of our most published authors here came up with the topic of fan letters…all well and good, IF you have received a fan letter.
I am not very well published and I hate to admit,( but like to think), that it is because I haven’t put myself ‘out there’ . I really haven’t submitted my work very often.
I did get very encouraging letters from a few sources who said that the work I offered was not quite right but to please submit more of my works,(which I usually don’t). One New York Times Best Selling author with whom I am acquainted told me that those were very good to get, since, (in her words), “Editors don’t have time to stroke writers”; in other words, they won’t lie and waste their own time over more of your submissions if they think your work is no good.
[I am aware that many editors will kindly phrase a rejection as: “Not right for us at this time”, but added lines such as, “your work shows promise” or “I like what I see in your work” is a different matter altogether.]
I received a very strong letter like that from one national greeting card company,(ironically, not the one which employs my husband ), after they test-marketed one of my writings in a card. I guess the sales weren’t good enough for them to mass-market it and until just now, it had not occurred to me that maybe it was the artwork they used to “showcase” my ditty that blew it.O.K., maybe not, but hey, I was out there, with a contract.I’ve been meaning to give them another try,(or them, me), but….
I am hoping for some feedback on a big article that is out in a national magazine right now, but since it is published about once every ten weeks or so, I can hope that the next issue has a letter or two in feedback. I have one old friend who is like a family member, (JUST like a family member in that she is not someone who will “stroke” me. My family is much faster in the shooting department than going into “stroke” mode.) I had sent several writings to her and she always came back with her waaaaaaay-too-honestly critical opinion, no holds barred. But after I sent the last one to her she told me it was fantastic, that she made her husband read it and, (ready for it?), actually said that I should write a book!
That’s the best I have for fan mail, so far….It would be nice to hear from a stranger, although stranger than hearing that from this friend, I am not sure will ever happen.
How about it, People? Any fan mail your way?
Any “strokes” from editors?
Any good ‘thank you’ notes?
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