You know me, I’m a sucker for thank you cards. I think that if someone took the time to write you a note, it really means something special. I’m a word girl anyways, so thank you notes (or any handwritten notes really) fall right in line with that. Recently I got two thank you cards from two different sources, and both of them really made me happy.
One was from The Writer magazine thanking me for attending a recent writer focus group there. It was an added surprise to get a handwritten card signed by the staff. Liked that touch a lot.
The second card was from a woman in Canada who is thinking of becoming a freelance writer. She was at a seminar and someone gave her my name as someone to talk to about breaking into the business! Can you believe it? Interesting how small the world is, especially because I’ve never even been to Canada. She wrote me with a ton of questions, which I really liked. Too often I think people get into freelancing because it looks like a cool job, but it’s a lot of hard work and can take a long time to get established. This nice woman asked me a ton of questions, which I was very happy to answer. I liked that she was smart about getting information and had really thought out the whole idea of going into business for herself. As a freelancer, that’s exactly what you do. I’m not sure people realize that, but freelance writing is just like running a small business.
Many times I answer questions for freelancers and don’t get a thank you. Sometimes they don’t like my responses because I am very honest about how much work goes into it. I don’t want to sugarcoat for anyone. Is it a great biz to be in? You betcha. Is it easy? No, especially not in the beginning. Anywho, this time I got that lovely card with a scene from Canada in thanks for my time, and it made me very happy. (So, you see…. if someone does something nice for you, take a moment and thank them with a hand-written card! They will appreciate it.)
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