Saturday, September 5, 2015

Subscription September: Letters in the Mail from Authors

In place of this weekend's Getting to Know, I wanted to share another subscription service. This one is perfect for all you book lovers -and any children in your life that like books too!

This subscription service is two parts: Letters in the Mail (adults) and Letters for Kids (children, of course) and the idea is that you get two letters a month from authors.  This is a really cool way to find out about new-to-you authors as well. I'm not supposed to post any pictures of the letters, which I completely understand, but I was sent a mix of adult and kid's letters from the past to look over.

These are all really cool - some authors (like the children's author, Sara Varon) have illustrations, some include photos, etc. This is definitely a subscription service I would recommend trying out. The month-to-month price isn't bad at all if that's where you want to start (prices below). I would love to subscribe my niece to this, but she still has a couple years before she'd really enjoy it!

Wendy, who helps handle the letters, says:  The letter is written and signed and includes an address for subscribers to write back to. The letters are then printed and mailed out.  The authors love to get letters in response and most of the authors will respond with personal notes to people who write them although for obvious reasons we can’t guarantee that.

If you have a question about either of these subscriptions, please contact Wendy:

Letters in the Mail: This subscription service is for adults, so I'd say teens and up might be interested!

LET’S GET COZY PROMOTION! The cool weather is approaching and The Rumpus wants to help you curl up with a good book! Purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription anytime during the month of September, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Matthew
Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, just released 9/1 from Little A/Amazon Publishing! You’ll also receive Matthew’s Letter in the Mail in September!


$7 a month (U.S.)
$71 for a whole year (U.S.)
$120 for a whole year (International)


Letters for Kids: This subscription service is suitable for children aged 6-12.


$6.50 a month (U.S.)
$66 for a whole year (U.S.)
$96 for a whole year (International)

Twitter: @LettersForKids

SPECIAL PROMOTION! Through September 10th, a 9-month subscription for teachers and librarians will be available for purchase. Share Letters for Kids with your students! Contact for details.


Kindlemom said...

That does sound like a fun box! I bet kids would get such a kick out of it, I mean who doesn't love getting mail and mail from someone "famous" at that? :P

Midnight Cowgirl said...

How fun! I love getting letters in the mail :)

Medeia Sharif said...

There are so many subscription services these days. I guess with time ones regarding books and authors would have popped up. This looks great.

Blogoratti said...

Sounds great, thanks for sharing that!

Tracy Terry said...

A great concept, thanks for sharing what sounds like a great idea that (fingers crossed) could well play a part in encouraging youngsters to read/keep on reading.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Hmm, I haven't heard of this but certainly a neat idea

Erika Sorocco said...

Ooh this sounds like such an awesome idea for a subscription service - love it!


Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

That is a fun idea. I know my kids would enjoy getting a real letter in the mail. I will have to go check the list of authors.

Alise said...

Yeah, I'm definitely loving the idea of this too! It would be so cool to get a letter!

Joyous Reads said...

Oh how cool! I've never heard of this one before. Just the other day, I was thinking about this dying breed of communicating, that I wish I still get snail mail from time to time. This is a great idea!

Nicole Hewitt said...

This is really interesting - such a unique idea!!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

JaimeLovesStuff said...

I would have LOVED something like this when I was a kid!

Kristin @ My ParaHangover said...

That is a really cute idea for a young adult who totally loves books! What a great way to surprise a kid!! Thanks for sharing and turning us on to this!

Claudia Arroyo said...

This is amazing! I absolutely love snail mail or any form of pen pal exchange, and you are so right, the price is reasonable! I may just have to subscribe :D

Karen Alderman said...

That's a fun idea!

Karen @For What It's Worth

Diva Booknerd said...

It would depend on what the letter's are about for me. I have the fear that it would be a load of Indie authors who are using the service purely for self promotion and letters are mass produced and all about their latest book. I know with privacy they won't let you show it, but if you don't name the author, are you allowed to discuss it? I love this idea, like a one way penpal. Would be awesome to have something like this between bloggers actually, connecting to other readers in different countries and forming friendships. I Hopefully one day they'll expand. Thanks for sharing Lauren, I love how unique all of these subscription services are.

Shannon Miz said...

This sounds SO fun, especially for kids! I have to keep this in mind for my daughter. She's only 4 now, but she is obsessed with books, so I think she will really like this when she's a year or two older! Thanks for sharing it!
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

Wendy Rutkowski said...

Hi! I'm the program administrator for Letters In The Mail and Letters For Kids. Each of our author's letters are unique and topics are wide-ranging. We ask that authors not use the letters as a tool for self-promotion. You can find a list of past and upcoming letter writers at or on FB Since the goal of Letters For Kids is to promote reading, the authors will mention a book (usually in the p.s.) so that the children can go to the library and read it. But the letter is not about the book. To see a list of past and upcoming letter writers and two sample letters, visit and on FB Happy reading!