LWA member Chris from Kansas City shared with us his favorite letters from a project he had where he would send bookmarks to various authors. Some of those authors wrote him back in thanks. When he couldn't locate an address, he would send his letter in care of the author's publisher. He says that British authors were more likely to respond to him than American ones, which I found interesting, but not exactly surprising.
From Anthony Powell:
From Graham Swift:
From Bailey White:
I love the difference in responses. What an nice project and I'm glad he got some replies. The bookmarks he sent out were rather nice, which I'm certain helped his return rate. Great job, Chris, and thanks for sharing.
I've had a great time writing to my favorite authors as well. If you choose to do so, remember that authors are in the business of writing. I have gotten responses from people years after the original sending. Patience is key. Also, you might not get a response at all and that is okay. If writing was my job (more of my job), I might not want to do it so much in my leisure time.
P.S. Here's Chris's bookmarks. Aren't they nice?
P.P.S. Want some? Chris was nice enough to send us an assortment. Simply send a S.A.S.E. to the L.W.A. P.O. Box addressed to "Bookmarks" and I'll be happy to share while supplies last.