Has a freelance writing client paid you promptly or written a nifty testimonial for you or given you a referral? Perhaps an editor has published your first or 100th article. Maybe an agent answered your query personally even while declining to represent you. Possibly a business associate provided a personal introduction to a source or someone else who might be helpful to your freelance writing career.
Each of these and many more are opportunities for you to send a thank you note. I’m going to suggest you go so far as to actually take time to choose a paper thank you note and mail it. By snail mail.
- Saying thank you makes you feel better.
- Saying thank you makes the person you’re acknowledging feel better.
- Actually mailing a thank you note makes you stand out.
- When you stand out you’re more likely to get more work, or a referral, or, well who knows.
Making people feel acknowledged is always a good thing I think. Good for you, good for the world.
And yes, an email thank you also works, and is certainly kinder to the environment. An email card may also be appropriate, although those may disappear or get dumped without opening as spam. I use Care2 ecards. The site does good environmental work and ecards help support that and I can check an option that lets me know if and when the card is picked up.
How do you say thank you? And how often?
Write well and often,
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