Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Kind of Letter I Love to Receive
A few weeks ago I posted "Most Hurtful Reader Letter I've Received" on F&F. A lot of comments, both here and on Facebook, came in for that post. I also received private messages and e-mails. I'm glad I ran the letter. From the response, I can see God used the post in numerous peoples' lives.
Now here's a good letter, just to balance things out. This is the kind of feedback that keeps us authors slogging away at our computers.
Just a note to let you know. I started passing all of your books to my mother-in-law who lost my father-in-law last fall. She was so despondent and for a lady who was always so active, didn't feel like she had much to do anymore. Well, Exposure just thrilled her. She's an avid reader and when I said I had some inspirational suspense, she was, "Oh, okay, I'll give it a try." Welllll, she loved it and I have passed a bunch of your books to her.
Just thought I'd send you a note and let you know this has been really uplifting to her. She called today to say another book had arrived and she was so excited to get started. You're more than a writer--you have breathed a bit of excitement back into someone who thought she wouldn't have anymore thrills in this life.
Isn't that terrific?
Have you read a book lately that you really enjoyed? Perhaps it taught you something or opened your eyes regarding some issue. Or maybe a friend or family member read it, and it made a difference in his/her life. Do the author a favor and take the time to write and say so. This is easier than you might think. Most of the time you can find a way to contact the author through his/her Web site.
We novelists live in our caves much of the time. A positive response from a reader can mean a lot. Who knows--that author may recently have received a very negative letter and need to hear from someone like you.