People blog a lot about authors. How they should do this, shouldn’t do that, and it’s so shocking when they do this other thing. Then everyone gets to huff with righteous indignation and shake a virtual finger.
Frankly, I’m bit bored with that.
So I’m going another way today. I’m going to talk about readers.
I’ve been mailing prizes for several years now. And I’ve sent out a lot of stuff. Sometimes I don’t even get an email letting me know the item arrived safely, or a thank-you for the prize I sent. And that’s fine, although it would be nice to know if something goes awry in the mail. This isn’t about prize etiquette, really, or even author – reader interactions. It’s about how people relate to each other.
More specifically, this post is devoted to Lori T, who is one of the most courteous and mannered individuals I’ve had the pleasure to encounter. See, in all the years I’ve been sending prizes, this is the first time I ever received something in the mail back.
A thank-you card.
It’s been years since I got one of those for anything I did, great or small. Are such old-fashioned gestures going out of style? I’m guilty of sending an e-card or an e-mail, when maybe I should take the time to write out a card to show the other person how much I appreciate them. Lori T. has reminded me that people will appreciate that extra step… because I certainly did.
I’ll treasure this card always. Thanks, Lori. I needed a reminder.