MAIL MATTERS (IMPORTANT UPDATE 6/17/10!)
(click on link below
for new e-mail addresses, effective now!)
On June 16, 2010, a number of AOL accounts, including Tamora Pierce's, were
hacked. We suspect they have been used to send out some form of malware as well
as spam. If you got an e-mail from Tammy with simply a link,
DO NOT FOLLOW IT, PLEASE!
If you have followed it, run your computer's antivirus program, and then run an
online malware scanner like
Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner,
Trend Micro's HouseCall or
ESET's Online Antivirus Scanner.
The reason for running both is because many newer forms of malware corrupt your
security software first so you can't get rid of them. If your computer has
caught something serious, see if your security software came with a way to run
it from a disc so it can try and repair the problem.
In light of this, Tammy has changed both her
fan mail and
correspondence addresses - click on the links below for them.
a fan who has decided to make the big leap and e-mail
e-mail Tamora Pierce
at her personal fan mail address - or a school, library or other
professional contact wishing to get in touch with her for an
appearance or other business-related purpose. Here are a few important
A note about mails you
send to me (or to anyone, for that matter): Please don't refer to
yourself or what you say as "pathetic," "boring," "stupid," "ordinary,"
"insignificant," "weird," "strange," that I might be "sick of hearing"
anything--you catch my drift. In this wonderful world, there
will be people lining up to put you down, belittle you, and treat you
badly. Please don't give them a head start by talking that way about
yourself (nobody can help what we think about ourselves in our own
minds [sigh]). Also, please don't thank me for "taking the time" or "bothering"
to read your mail. It's my honor and pleasure to read mails. With a packed schedule, I
rarely get to reply, but not because I am contemptuous of the mails or
their writers. You people pay
me compliments; you also pay my bills. I am always glad to hear from you, even if I don't
One other thing: a number of people who write to me these days
say they may be too old (16, 20, 34, 53, 80) to read my books. As a person with
a library that is one-third teen books, intermediate books, beginning chapter
books, and picture books, I say the only thing that matters is that the reader
enjoys the book, whatever her/his age. Any decently written kids' book should be
just as enjoyable for adult readers. Good stories and good ideas are
(new!) The business
address is for business mail only - no fan mail, please.
Please understand that it takes me a long time
to reply to mail. I presently get 50 or more mails a day. I have no secretary:
any answers that get written are written by me. I also have one book draft due
every three months (200 pages, including rewriting and reading aloud). I have
research trips (museums, zoos, bookstores) to make, short stories and articles
to write, galleys (books set in type) to correct, and other projects to
complete. This is not counting trips, school visits, and ordinary life
(housekeeping, doctors and dentists, vets, etc.). Even a simple "sorry but I can't e-mail you for the moment" has to go out
to everyone who mails me, which means taking time from my work load, and I
still don't get to answer their mails for months. I also hate form replies,
and most people who write to me tell me they don't want form replies. Please
be patient, and don't send a flurry of mails telling
me how impatient you are!
Don't send me Fwds: jokes, chain letters, sad stories,
schemes to make money. I delete them from my mail queue: I don't respond to
any of these and I don't send them on.
I am unable to accept and comment on stories sent to me by
fans, sad to say. My attorney advises against it: there's no telling that an
idea I see in someone else's work might not vanish into my head and re-surface
years later, with me thinking the idea is my own. That's one way for authors
to get sued. Since I pay this man the big bucks, I have to listen to what he
Are you blocking my reply or have you changed your screen
name recently? Many times when I answer a mail, the Postmaster software
bounces it right back to me, saying that screen name is not accepting mail
from me or that the person's account no longer exists. If you write to me,
make sure you can get my reply!
Links: At this point, I have an awful lot of creative fans
who have made up their webpages and offered me links to their pages. To tell
you the honest truth, I haven't updated my links page in over a year, and I
have piles of links offered by fans which I have yet to put up. I'm
going to have to do the bad thing: after May 1, 2001, I am no longer
accepting links to fan sites to add to my page. The only exception to
this will be to fans who link their pages to a webring: I can certainly post a
webring URL which will give other fans access to the links on a ring. In the
meantime, my Links page is undergoing construction: those who have sent me
page links up until this time be patient, and as soon as I can double-check
everything, your link will be put up. I won't be accepting any more links,
Guys, I am not trying to be rude, or inhospitable, as some
have accused me of being. Something weird and wonderful has happened to me,
and in a way it's your fault: I am getting popular! Once I was able to answer
every mail promptly, read and comment on people's stories, add every link I
got to my page. Now, between floods of mail, books, travel, and professional
work (connections with writers, editors, publishers, sales representatives,
conferences, school and library visits), I am having to give up some things in
order to keep doing others. I figure you definitely want more books, and
you'll get them. Until things get completely out of hand I'll always try to
meet fans locally and informally whenever I post a travel schedule on my page,
if my travel arrangements allow me to. And I do apologize about the links, and
the stories, and the replies. The only way I can repay you for helping me to
make my dream come true is to read your mail, listen to what you tell me, meet
you as I can, and keep writing!
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