I do my best to send a handwritten thank you note to my school visit, bookstore, library or festival host after an appearance. Why? The hosts have expended time and other resources to have me appear. My gratitude has always been appreciated, forging a closer connection between us. And there’s nothing more personal (and surprising) in today’s electronic world than to receive real, live snail mail.
My friend April Halprin Wayland shared this tip with me for streamlining the process. April addresses and stamps an envelope before she heads out to her appearance. After the appearance, she writes a note and pops it right into a mailbox. She says she writes the thank-you notes in her car before she leaves the site while the day is still fresh in her memory. She says, “I don’t want homework!”
While I do address envelopes in advance like April, I tend to write the notes when I get back home in case I decide to enclose a photo memory of our day together.
Do any of you do this? Do you use your own stationery or use commercially produced notes (I go wild for paper and designs!)