Back in 1999, I sent a letter to Terry Brooks.
In it, I detailed my hope to become his official webmaster. I had been maintaining a dedication website for three years at that point and it had grown considerably in that time. It had grown because Terry lived in Seattle too and I had the most current information about him to share since every year he had a book signing where he’d share what he was up to and what he was going to work on in the future. Taking a chance, I sent the letter to Random House and Del Rey Books.
I thought it would be fun to work with one of my idols. I was right. He received my letter, we talked, and I was hired. It was a dream fulfilled. Having the friendship with Terry has meant more than words can describe.
All because I sent a letter.
A few days ago, I was perusing eBay to see how much money some of Terry’s earlier books were going for. I do this mostly out of curiosity and to stay abreast of the current secondary book market.
And I ran across another letter.
One of Terry’s longtime fans, a man named John, is selling his entire collection. The fan has everything. First printing copies (yes, multiple copies) of The Sword of Shannara. Rare Advance Reader Copies. Foreign editions. The works. Also posted on the auction website is a letter that Terry had written the fan in 1990. It was obvious this fan had handwritten Terry a letter and the author had responded in kind.
I don’t think I could part with a letter from any author. That’s personal. That’s forever. It also says something about Terry, who truly loves writing fans back.
To my question:
Have You Ever Handwritten a Letter to an Author?
I would love to hear what happened if you did. Did the author write back? Did they not? If they did write you back, what did you do with the letter? Could you ever sell such a letter?