“…it never fails. It makes me want to wag my tail. When it comes I always wail, ‘MAIL!’” Anyone know where that little song comes from? I learned it during my many babysitting jobs in high school and college. The first person to post a comment with the correct answer will win a copy each of Out of Control and New Beginnings, the two newest books in the Rachel Yoder series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. You can read them yourself or give them to a favorite little girl in your life. (Oh, and it doesn't count if you have to google it, so you're on your honor here!)
I’ve been sifting through fan mail and reader feedback forms today. It’s encouraging to read positive feedback and helpful to get constructive criticism. There are always a few odd pieces that are good for some laughs, too. Jodi had a ball with the many empty envelopes. I think if she could talk right now she would say “I want to work at the post office when I grow up.” Seriously. When I give her our junk mail you’d think I’ve given her the world! Ah, the little things in life. :)
One comment that I came across today really stood out to me. The question was “What are some inspirational themes you would like to see treated in future books?” Terri from Louisiana answered, “Not sure about this one. I’ll trust the authors to pray to Jesus for that, and I’ll trust Jesus to send me what I need.” What a great reminder to us that we need to be praying over Heartsong books as we work on them, that God will use the spiritual message to meet specific needs of specific readers.
And to close, I have to share a very unique fan letter that Joyce Livingston received from a reader of her collection Alaskan Midnight. It goes to show that you just never know who might pick up your book and enjoy it! (I’ve deleted a couple things for privacy.)
Dear Mrs. Livingston,
I am a senior…. I am also a linebacker on our football team. As you have probably heard all public school systems require all students to read for 10 minutes a day! Well anyway Friday I had forgotten to bring a magazine to class, so I had to get one of out of the teacher’s picks. Well your book was the only one left. At first thought I thought Oh Great a romance book but as I began to read I was amazed! You had me captivated at page 18. I went and bought the book that afternoon. I haven’t began to read it again but I know that I will enjoy it! I would have never thought I would enjoy reading a romance book. But it shows that I don’t know everything! I wanted to say Congratulations! On being able to captivate my interests. I didn’t even want to put the book down. Wow! Thank you for breaking my own stereotypical opinion that romance books are only for girls. I am truly amazed! Thank you! A new fan of yours I have become!