Because I feel fortunate enough to receive many Advanced Reader Copies or other book giveaways (through either Goodreads, Shelf Awareness, Blogging for Books, or directly from the author), I feel compelled to write a thank you note to the author or the publisher when I receive one.
I know I don’t have to, but that is the way I was reared. I didn’t always follow my mother’s dictates and rules (or more like guidelines), but now I make a point of doing so if there is a return address on the package. I realize that they probably don’t make it into the hands of the person, yet I still do it.
So, imagine my surprise (and pleasure) when I opened my mail today and received a gracious thank you note from Janet Chow (of St. Martins’ Literary and Debut Fiction) for my original note of gratitude.
Snail mail, that is not a bill or junk mail, is always a pleasure to receive, and this note certainly put a smile on my face.