Who to contact regarding this, that, and the other
To arrange for a visit to your school, library, or conference, please contact:
email Jean Dayton
For film rights please contact:
Angela Cheng Caplan
Cheng Caplan Company, Inc.
email Angela Cheng Caplan
For all other rights issues relating to my young adult or middle grade books, contact:
email Jennifer Flannery
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Advance copies of new titles are made available to qualified reviewers by my publishers. Please contact the publicity department at the appropriate publisher. Sorry, I do not have their email addresses, but you should be able to find them online.
I am frequently asked to donate books for various causes. In recent years the requests have been coming hard and fast, and I can’t tell the genuine requests from the people who are just angling for a free book. Even if I could sort them out, it is prohibitively time consuming and expensive. Therefore all requests for book donations—no matter how compelling—will be denied. I am sorry.
For anything else, you can write to me using the form below.
Note #1: I respond to all emails received through this site. If you don't receive a reply, it's probably because you mistyped your email address. About 10% of the messages I receive have a mistyped email address. Please, if you want a reply, type with care.
Note #2: If you are writing to ask me for tips on how to become a writer, click here first. PLEASE DO NOT SEND SAMPLES OF YOUR WRITING! I won't read them, and you will only make both of us feel bad.
A NOTE REGARDING "REAL" LETTERS:
Many teachers undertake the noble task of teaching their texting/tweeting/facebooking students how to write a real letter, printed on real paper, with a real signature, delivered by a live postal worker. I believe this is a fine thing. I also think young people should learn how to find information in a library without resorting to Google, and I think they should know how to to add, subtract, multiply, and divide without using a calculator.
The United States Postal Service is a venerable and worthy institution with a long and proud history. I like getting packages. I even enjoy the catalogs. And I love getting "real" letters—especially fan letters from teenagers. Except, at the same time as I love it, I hate it, because every time I get a fan letter in the mail, I know two things are about to happen. 1) Whoever wrote it will be disappointed in me, because I will not reply,*** and 2) I will feel bad about that.
For several years I always replied to fan letters. Then, as I published more books and became better known, I started to get more of them, and as the amount of fan mail increased, I was forced to "do the math." Replying by post requires writing the letter, printing it out, addressing an envelope, applying a stamp, and carrying it out to the mailbox. Total time: 20-30 minutes per letter.
Now and then I get a package stuffed with dozens of letters sent to me care of my publisher. Replying to all those letters would take hours. So, as a rule, I don't reply to snail mail.*** I'm sorry. That is also why I do not provide my mailing address on this website. If you want to send me a note and you expect a reply, email me, and I will write back, I promise.
***If you enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your letter, I will reply gladly. I will also reply if you include an email address.