Got one of the best fan mails I’ve ever had this morning. I’m not sure what the form is on posting private correspondence to the public sphere but, hey, I haven’t been told to keep it secret, I’ll keep the identity of the sender confidential, and I think it deserves a wider airing. I quote verbatim:
“After reading The threth law trilogy I just can say what a shit, please after reading a lo of books of fantasy these are the worst I ever read.
BAD BAD BAD
Make the wrold a favour and don’t write anymore please
One for the back cover, methinks…
Incidentally, the volume of mail I’m getting is ever increasing and it’s becoming pretty much impossible to respond to everything if I want to get anything else done. Most of it’s lovely and very much appreciated support but, general well wishes and so on, for the time being, I’m probably not going to be able to reply to. I read em, I appreciate em (well, most of em), but please don’t necessarily expect anything back. Except more books, maybe. And you’d probably rather have those than a bland note of appreciation with your name misspelled, right?
Generally speaking, also, I’m afraid I can’t sign stuff sent to me and send it back. It may not seem like a massive thing but it actually involves a fair bit of my or someone else’s time to co-ordinate, pack it, hold it, sign it, send it back. Then something goes missing and there’s heartache and gnashing of teeth. The number of such requests is getting quite high so, sorry, much though I appreciate the enthusiasm, can’t do it any more. If you want something signed you can show up at an appearance of some kind, where I’ll always be happy to do it, or pre-order through a bookshop where I sign stock (Goldsboro Books or Forbidden Planet are both good options). I’ll also occasionally be clearing out my basement of books via ebay with proceeds going to charity, at which point you can get whatever is available sent to you with any inscription you care for. Keep your eyes peeled for those, if you’re interested.