When I finally got my first e-mail from a fan yesterday, I was so excited. Could it be that my blog had reached a whole new level of success after only two months? I did the Snoopy dance for one full minute.
Then I read the fine print.
I have been an avid follower of your writing career from the beginning, and kudos to you. You’ve come a long way and made a super neat blog. In fact, don’t tell my husband, but I regularly stop by to see if you have posted any new pictures of hunks. More, please, more! lol
There’s just one problem. In all your journals, scribblings and forum postings I haven’t once seen my name mentioned. Do you have something against me or something?
Your one true fan,
Okaaay, not exactly the reader mail I was expecting. Quite frankly it knocked me for a loop.
But in true hope101 style – what’s the point of having this username if I wallow in self-pity? – I picked myself up after a few minutes and reached for the keyboard. And am I ever glad that I did. For once I began to write, I understood that Whorehouse had just given me a sunlight-dappled opportunity. Why? Because a gracious reply here will demonstrate to both agents and editors that I have:
- mastered the art of the public non-apology
- treated human and inhuman contacts alike, so that someday, when that beast known otherwise as Critic appears, I’ll be fully prepared
With my spirit of willingness revived, I wrote and sent the following letter:
I am sorry that you feel I have neglected you in my vast body of literary work. This is where I wish I could say that wasn’t intentional, but that would be a lie. (Note the clever use of honesty?) You see, there’s not much call for using a name such as yours in the contemporary romance genre, and since that’s what I write… Well, I’m sure you can see my dilemma.
But rest assured that your complaint will be at the forefront of my mind. Should I ever actually pen a western romance, I’m sure I can arrange a saloon brawl with the requisite burly hero. Beer will be tossed, manly chests exposed in the mêlée, and in the blistering banter that characterizes my writing, your name shall be mentioned. 😉
Yours in the attitude of Tartitude,
So, what do you think? Did I handle this well? Be honest.
I’m also interested in hearing your own PR challenges and how you handled them.