I had such a great time at the OWFI conference. It left me excited, encouraged, and a touch overwhelmed. With all this new knowledge, there are tons of revisions/edits in my future. Thanks to the workshops, feedback on my contest entries, and a suggestion from an agent, I have a clearer direction on how to improve my work.
Which led to the questions: Do I send thank you notes to the agent/editor to whom I pitch? How about the contest judges? What if I didn’t win, or even place?
My answer is simple: YES.
I plan to US mail thank you cards (real cards people can hold) to the agent and the editor I pitched my YA novel Edge of Truth to. Right after meeting with them, and after I calmed down from the high of them requesting material, WAHOO! , I scribbled down notes of things we discussed. Things which may help them remember me from the sea of people they met over the weekend. I also always send cards to the contest judges for the categories I entered regardless of the outcome, as well.
Sometimes the cards come back. No one has yet acknowledged receipt of them. But it makes me feel good, even if sending things via US mail is a dying practice.
Where do you stand? Do you send emails? Do you send thank you cards? Or do you just assume the cards will go straight into the trash?