Yesterday I found out that 80 people have been laid off at a company I’m doing some work for. When I didn’t hear from her all day, I was worried that my direct editor was one of them. She finally checked in around 4:30 p.m., her job still intact. But one of the people who was laid off was the person who first reached out to me. She read my book, Why Babies Do That, and she called me when we were living in West Africa to invite me to write for her.
Shakespeare is usually right that “Sweet are the uses of adversity,” but it feels awful that this top executive just lost her job.
With radiation poisoning in the news and several deadlines looming, I’m struggling to have a “keep-your-pecker-up” attitude.
Even though the Web is interactive and writers are increasingly having real-time on-line conversations with their readers, when you’re writing you are alone with a notebook and a pen or a computer screen and keyboard.
Those of us who write books, especially books that haven’t yet hit the bestseller list, often have very little sense of how readers respond to them.
So when a reader takes the time to write, it means a lot. Writing to an author whose book you enjoyed reading is a gesture that spreads kindness and good feelings.
Thank you to the two people who have taken the time to write me kind notes recently. Writing to an author is always appreciated.
One was about my book, The Baby Bonding Book For Dads, from a reader who won a copy in a giveaway I did over at Mothering Outside the Lines:
Thank you for the Baby Bonding Book for Dads. My husband read all of it with our three year-old daughter. They both enjoyed it and it was a wonderful way to talk about caring for our new baby with his big sister. Since she read it, she says, “Mom, let me hold the baby. I want to bond him.” I ask, “What do you mean by bond him?” She replies, “Just lie him on my chest and I will sing to him.” She also encourages me and my husband to “bond the baby.” I love it!
The other was from an older couple, both retired teachers, in North Carolina:
Having recently read your selection on Captain Safety in the How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel book, my wife and I decided to track down a copy of your Toddler book. While our own current experiences with toddlers are with grandchildren rather than our own children, we really enjoyed the book. Thanks!
I’ve read recently that small acts of kindness towards other people actually produce more happiness for us than when other people do small acts of kindness towards us.
So if you’ve been thinking about writing to an author, do it. The author will feel appreciated. And you will feel good too.
Have you ever considered writing to an author whose work you appreciated? It will make you feel good, and mean the moon to them.
Published: March 16, 2011
Updated: January 15, 2020