The vast majority of my fan mail comes in the form of e-mails, but every now and then I get a few handwritten letters that come forwarded from my publishers. Usually 2-3 months after the poor kid has written the letter. I got one a year ago that the kid had written SIX MONTHS before I ever saw it. I answer fan e-mails anywhere from the day I receive them up to a month after I receive them, depending on how far behind I am. Which isn’t too bad…but I feel bad for kids who have to wait several months for a reply. They don’t realize that when they send through the publisher, it’s going to take A LONG TIME to hear back from me. And when it does take a long time, I’M the one who looks bad. 🙁
But I digress…(i.e. that’s not even what my real gripe is with this blog entry) One of my publishers OPENS MY FAN MAIL before they send it on to me. What’s up with that??? My other publishers don’t do that; why does this one?
I suppose I could give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they’re looking out for me, making sure no one’s sending me death threats or anything. But still, I can’t help but find it a little annoying. (The letters that came today were written in October…could they maybe have forwarded them sooner if they didn’t have to READ them first???)