Letter Writing Tips
Author Addresses
Authors for children
Author Resources
Author autographs
Favorite Authors
Tell the author some of these things:


Sample Letter
  • Who you are -- introduce yourself to the author.
  • Why you're writing?
  • What books you've read?
  • Which is your favorite?
  • What you like best about his/her writing?
  • Why you like his/her writing and books?
  • How and why did you first pick his/her book to read?
  • Why did they write the book?
  • Ask a question or two about what happened in the book or what happened to the character after the book?
  • Ask what happened to the character after the book?
  • Draw them a picture of your favorite scene from the book -- use your imagination!
For post office ("snail mail") letters, include a return envelope with your address and postage, so the author can reply to you personally.

Remember, writers are busy people. It may take awhile for them to get back to you. If you don't hear back, don't assume your letter was bad. There are many reasons like your letter got lost or misplaced or the writer is out of town for awhile. Keep a copy of the message you send, in case there was a problem or you want to read it later. Ask your parents if you think it has been too long -- they can help you decide if you should resend your message or not.

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