Friday, March 7, 2008

The Best Kind of E-mail

Tip of the Day: Have a "CONTACT ME" page on your web site. You won't be sorry!

I used to think the best kind of e-mail I could get was good news from an editor or an agent.

I've changed my mind.

The best kind of e-mail I can get is from a reader who takes the time to look me up and writes me to tell me how much she enjoyed my book.

I'm sharing a couple here, because I want all of you who may be wondering, as you try and try again to find an agent and/or editor, if it's worth it. Read these e-mails. How can you wonder, after reading them, if it's not worth it? I spent years writing book after book until one finally got noticed by an agent, and then an editor. How many times did I wonder if I was cut out for this? If I should just put down my pen and take up knitting instead?

"Hi Lisa, I just got done reading I heart you, you haunt me and I just had to let you know that it amazed me. I'm usually into books about vampires like Stephenie Meyer's book Twilight and the sequels but when I picked your book up in Border's today, I instantly wanted it just because the name intrested me. When I started reading it I realized it was kind of like a poem through-out the book and that caught my attention even more. I'm a Freshman Jock at a small school and no one but my older sister understands how much books can mean to you. Every minute after practice's I have a book in my face and I hope you continue writing books like these."

"Lisa, My name is K. I'm 15 years old and I just read your book, "I heart you, you haunt me." I just wanted to tell you that it's such a good book and I LOVED it. I really couldn't put it down. As soon as I got home from the book store, I went up in my room and came down about an hour and a half later because I finished the book. I usually never like reading, but your book got my attention and it made me want to go back to the store and get a new book. So I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your book and I hope you continue to write books for my age group because I'd really like to read some more."

I hope everyone reading this blog gets to experience an e-mail like one of these someday.

Don't ever stop believing!

~Lisa, Miss Pinch Me I'm Pubbed


Rhonda Helms said...

WOW, that is FANTASTIC. I love emails that lift the spirit like that! Congrats to you!!!

Emily Marshall said...

Lisa this was so fabulous and inspirational at the same time. Thanks for sharing. Fan mail has to be so wonderful. Can't wait, so I'll keep dreaming and keep plugging away.

Kristina Springer said...

Awwww... those are so sweet Lisa! Thanks for sharing! I hope I get letters from teens someday too!

Lisa Schroeder said...

It is indeed fantastic, fabulous and sweet! :) Thanks for letting me share!!

DeenaML said...

Lisa, that is soooo sweet! I can't wait to get emails like that! I also ordered your book for my lib, and have a display up with a bunch of other novels in verse and a poster to get ready for Ntl Poetry Month (April). I can't wait til yours is in and on the shelf, too!

Ghost Girl (aka, Mary Ann) said...

That's awesome, Lisa!

Lisa Schroeder said...

YAY - thanks Deena! Great idea for Poetry month!!