Monday, August 24, 2009

Ducks in My Inbox!

You may have noticed the First Novels Club very recently created an email address so that authors, bloggers, and readers can more easily contact us.

Our first email? From Ducks Unlimited. And it was addressed to me.

Some of you may have had the misfortune of reading my silly, sleep-deprived
Friday night post. One that was inspired by my discovery of a promotional Ducks Unlimited mousepad at my computer.

Apparently, Neil at
Ducks Unlimited loves him some Google Alerts and came upon the FNC blog. (If you're reading this -- hi, Neil! You made my day!)

What did a Ducks guy have to say to this YA author? Check it out:

Dear Donna – I wanted to drop you a note and thank you for bringing Ducks Unlimited’s wetlands conservation mission to a new audience. I hope that learning about the efforts to conserve wetlands and waterfowl habitat didn’t put you off writing your novel too much (and I for one also enjoy TFLN as a solid procrastination tool).

^ Alright, he likes TFLN. Points there. And has a vested interest in my novel. Or really knows how to suck up. But it worked. (I'm posting this, aren't I?)

Clearly you are intrigued by our moniker – especially that “unlimited” part. As you probably saw from poking around the website is that our organization was founded in 1937 by a group of concerned, conservation minded duck and goose hunters that knew that if wetlands were not protected and conserved, that their passion for waterfowling would soon be just a fond memory.

^ Apparently there are people with "passion for waterfowling." Who knew? Not this city girl. Oh, and I cut some stuff here. Sorry Neil, you understand.

Ducks Unlimited founder Joseph Knapp stepped up and took action to conserve habitat before it was lost forever.

^ And then I cut more stuff that says why preserving wetlands is great for everyone. It even cures arthritis. Ok, I made that part up.

This was much more of a response than I imagine you anticipated, but I hope that it was enlightening as to why we went with Ducks Unlimited as opposed to “A Whole Bunch of Ducks.”



^ Thanks for the email, Neil. Although personally, I'm a fan of "A Whole Bunch of Ducks."

Ok, people. It's going to be hard to top that email, but we'd love it if you tried!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, we've learned the hard way that google alerts are used by pretty much everyone...We had one really awkward run in with an author who was sad we didn't like the end of her book. Oops.


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