Friday, March 24, 2017
PBJ: Fan Mail, A Perk of the Job
I don't always get fan mail, but when I do, it's a real treat. Some kids draw excellent pictures, like the one of me doing a presentation, above. Some write cards or letters. Sometimes there is clearly a form that the teachers have written on the board, but sometimes the kids just write whatever they want. Those are the best! I mean, they're all great. It's so nice that teachers and students take the time out of their day to thank me, but when a kid can just tell me whatever they want, it's usually pretty fun.
I just did an author visit in Colchester, CT. About a week later, I got a big, fat envelope in the mail. Inside was a big packet of joy. I'll share some of my favorites.
Above. I really like this drawing because the artist captured something that a lot of kids don't, my short hair. In many drawings like this, they will see me and draw a symbol of a woman, which usually includes long hair. This artist paid attention to detail. I also find it interesting that I have mere sticks for legs, but there is detail in the microphone.
Below. The Flying Ninja. My publisher does not want a third ninja book, but if they did, don't you think Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Fly would be pretty darn cool? I do!
This note is hilarious to me. At first I did a "good" job, but apparently "good" was not the right word. No, no. It was better than good. I did a God job! Oh yeah! Thank you.
And this one might be my favorite.
The last line reads (I'll translate to adult) You are soooooo cool that I convinced my sister to like you.
That's pretty great, right? I mean, if there is one thing that I am not, it's cool.
I'm a super dork. But in this job, I can be a total dweeb and my target audience thinks
I'm so cool that they are urging their family members to also think I am cool.
Big thanks to Colchester Elementary School! You guys rock! And I loved the fan mail.
Thanks for stopping by. I just finished revisions on my latest picture book project and it's going back out to editors next week. Fingers crossed for a book deal!
Have a great weekend!