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Example Letter #1
I applaud the publication of your wonderful book on rearing children. It's a good reminder to look on the humorous side of our daily challenges.
I have shared some of your stories with my own children and we have all found delight in them. Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have worked so hard to refine. I trust your book will soon be on the best seller list.
Example Letter #2
I read your latest article entitled "Creative Writing at Three: Early Childhood Education in the Home" in The Doe Journal and was so impressed that I wanted to thank you personally for your thought-provoking, yet practical, insights. I hadn't considered that by asking our children to tell us stories we were helping them grasp basic literary concepts such as plot, setting, and character.
I have read articles on similar subjects, but none were as clear or as relevant as yours.
I look forward to reading your next book. Best wishes in your work to improve early childhood education.
Example Letter #3
Congratulations on the upcoming publication of your book of stories. The few that you let me read were so good it's a wonder they weren't snatched up sooner. Your voice is bright and new in a way that is not self-conscious. After all the work you put in on this volume, it looks like you will finally be recognized. If there is any justice, the success of your first book will keep you going well beyond the second, and third...
Example Letter #4
Congratulations on getting your article published! Precious few have had the courage to write on the challenges of environmental compliance for small businesses. You have written an excellent article that should raise lots of eyebrows. Of course much of your subject was your own hard-won experience in the matter. Nevertheless, you must have done a wheelbarrow-full of research. I admire you. I guess this means we will be seeing more of you in the print media from now on. I say more power to you!
In many professions, publishing books and articles is an important means of advancing in one's career. The endeavor is usually a time-consuming, difficult task. You can enhance the sincerity of the letter by actually reading the publication, so you can show firsthand knowledge of it. If you can't do that, at least express some interest in looking at it.
1 Start with a direct statement of congratulations.
2 Comment on why you think the article or book is significant or important.
3 Acknowledge the effort, dedication, energy, sacrifice, or skill necessary for the achievement.
4 Express good wishes for the future.