I am so thankful to everyone who has weighed in with comments, suggestions, poll votes, and general support. I think the Koehler Books graphic design team did a great job of capturing what my book is all about and rendering it as an eye-catching, easy-to-read cover that quickly conveys the book’s purpose.
Foreword by Jason F. Wright
How grateful I am to Jason F. Wright, New York Times best-selling author of Christmas Jars, The Wednesday Letters , and a brand new release Even The Dog Knows, for enthusiastically taking on the Foreword of the book right in the middle of his own book tour! He is a kindred spirit when it comes to believing in the power of a handwritten note:
“What you have in your hand is far more than another book on the proper way to write a note or letter. It is written with care and commitment to build your confidence and teach you to find your own ‘voice.’ It offers you the inspiration and encouragement to know— deep in your soul—exactly the right thing to say at the right time.”
I hope you’ll read my Amazon review of Jason’s new book and check out any of his other great reads.
Testimonial from top industry professional
How blessed I am to have connected with a top professional in the greeting card industry, George White. Besides being long-time president of the greeting card company Up With Paper, he is past president of the Greeting Card Association and President/CEO at C.M. Paula Company, a family of companies. Not only did he read my manuscript, but he wrote this wonderful testimonial and has helped put me in touch with others in his industry:
“The emotional thrill of receiving a handwritten envelope in the mail is both unique and shared. The handwriting on the outside of that envelope alone immediately provides a connection from the distant writer to the recipient, combined with anticipation of the message contained therein. That thrill, connection, and anticipation not only drives human relationships; it also maintains a functioning Postal Service in the US and around the world. Why else would we check our mailboxes every day, enabling the Postal Service to also deliver us other items in which we have less interest?!
“The pandemic, and the loss of human connections it so cruelly stole from us, certainly drove home the power of hand-written communications between friends and family. I can confidently say that greeting cards amp up that power further, combining powerful images and words with handwritten sentiments, even if the latter is just a signature.
“Elizabeth Cottrell and I share a belief in the power of a piece of mail to connect, comfort, encourage, and inspire—to create and strengthen that which is most important: human relationships. I recommend reading her book on how, when, and why to send a personal note, to help you harness this power. Most importantly, I encourage you to send a heartspoken card or note to a loved one today; the impact of that effort is likely greater than anything else you will do today!”
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