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A very sincere form letter from the heart

World Book Night US is next week! Which means that volunteer givers have been receiving boxes of books and assorted goodies.

One of these givers, Kalpana of New Orleans, asked if I would write a special note that she could add to the books she'll be passing out. I said "yes" of course, but why let Bourbon Street givers have all the fun?

So here's a letter that you can include as well, if you're so inclined. Either way--thank you for volunteering, thank you for giving, and stay safe!



Hi there,

If you’re reading this note, that means that (giver name) has given you a copy of my book, Hotel on the Corner of You Know What, and for that I’m as happy as a 2nd grade girl with a truck-load of Hello Kitty pencil toppers.

Seriously, I’m that happy.

Because not only did someone publish my book (that someone being Random House), and not only has it been translated into 34 languages (c’mon Estonia, the pressure’s on), but best of all, my novel has been chosen to be given away for FREE on World Book Night—to YOU! And for that, I'm thrilled.

So, where do you fit in to all of this? Well, I hope you read it. I hope you enjoy it. And I hope it’s a literary gateway drug to other interesting, entertaining, and enlightening books. And I hope you share it with others.

And if you really, really, REALLY enjoy it, I hope you’ll hit me up on the usual social mediums, like Twitter. I’d love to hear from you when the glitter settles.

Happy reading and happy World Book Night!

Your pal,



P.S. The best way to thank your giver is to become one yourself (next year!)


And for those of you reading this in the Seattle area, I'll be at the Elliott Bay Book Company next Tuesday for a World Book Night kick-off event with Maria Semple (Where'd You Go, Bernadette?) See you there!

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Reader Comments (3)

This was my facebook post today. I am so happy to be including this sweet note from Jamie Ford with the books I will be giving. Wednesday night is World Book Night in North America. I'll be giving out "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Birmingham, AL. The author wrote a sweet note for givers to include with the book. Jamie Ford, Author ROCKS! #WBN2014
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJan Sanford
Thanks Jan! Give my best to everyone at the Fairhaven :)
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Thanks for the great note to add to my books. This is my first year giving. I'll be handing books out in Kent, WA and I'm excited to be giving out such a great book that ties in so nicely with area history. I'll be mentioning the tour that the Wing Luke Museum offers (I still have to make a trip to the Panama Hotel for tea).
April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWayne McCoy

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