Greetings. Hello. Dear So-and-So. All perfectly good ways to start a message or letter to an author you have enjoyed reading. As I stated a few weeks back, I am in my writing cave. My proposal is due this week, and I am finally nearing completion. Yay!
As writers, we use the word “cave” because essentially writing is an isolated calling, and we have to close ourselves off to get the book done. There are days I would love to go out with some friends and hang out, or go to the movies with my kids, but I have to say no and close my door. I can start to feel lonely and question why am I doing this?
Then the letters and messages come. Little notes that start with Hello, you don’t know me, but… Or Dear Ms. Lee… Or WOW! Your book made me cry! I know I shouldn’t derive joy from someone’s tears, but I consider that phrase a success.
Anyway, I just want to encourage readers to send those notes and emails. Don’t hesitate to write them because you think you are bothering the author. You’re not. In fact, you’re reminding them of why they’re closing that door, but at the same time you’re including them in the land of the living. You’re making that cave not so isolated anymore.
The Unlocked Secret: Go ahead. Write those notes. They are a blessing, encouraging, and they make it all worth it. And, on behalf of all authors, thank you for reaching out.
Question: Have you ever reached out to an author?