Updated FanMail Policy - Feb 25th, 2004
You may remember that, as of December 14th 2003, Chuck stopped accepting fanmail of any sort. This means no mail is allowed to be sent to him via his agent or publicist at Doubleday.
This doesn't mean Chuck is never receiving fanmail again. Quite the contrary. If you remember, in his first distinction essay for his Workshop, he mentioned that dates would be announced on our site soon and that there would be a bracket/window of time that he would accept fanmail again in the near future.
As of now, those dates have not been announced yet, and Chuck is working around the clock to finish "Haunted," his anthology of short "horror" stories (which includes "Guts").
Until then, that means the following:
- No mail should be sent to Chuck's agent, Edward Hibbert, nor to Doubleday and Chuck's publicist Ben Bruton. If you have a [u]real and professional[/u] request for Chuck for an interview, a reading an appearance, etc. you must write a formal proposal and [b]mail[/b] it to either his agent or publicist. Random emails and phone calls to the above entities are frowned up and will most likely go unanswered.
- ChuckPalahniuk.net cannot forward any requests onto Chuck Palahniuk for you. So do not email me wanting Chuck to read at your store... Chuck to appear at your university and speak to your students... or for Chuck to help you with your research paper, with an offering to have him stay at your house while he's in town.
I'm usually a pretty tolerant person, but we get way too many of these requests emailed to us lately, and I've just started deleting them. So don't waste your time. If your request is real, and you have the means to back it up, then you'll do the research and get the correct contact info for the people whose jobs it is to field these matters... and send them a formal proposal.
This is the way it's done in the real world, people. When I want to query a production company about my script, I don't send their CEO an email. I type up a formal cover letter, include an 8 page marketing book, give them my card, our trailer, and maybe a latest draft of our script, and I [b]mail it to them.[/b].
[u]*ChuckPalahniuk.net is not a shortcut towards getting your request in to Chuck.[/u]
- The most popular request I've gotten lately usually goes like this:
[i]"Hey, I know Chuck isn't receiving any mail right now. But he sent me this awesome package of toys with a nice letter, and I'd love to write him back and Thank Him, so he doesn't think I'm being ungrateful. Can I mail it to the address on this package? Thanks!"[/i]
Guys, if every person that Chuck wrote to did this, he would be fielding just as much mail all over again. You have to accept the fact that Chuck writes to hundreds of people a month sometimes. He's a terribly nice guy. And when he speaks to you in your letter, he's really speaking TO YOU. But this doesn't give you carte blanche to start a pen pal relationship with him. Even if you don't expect a reply back to your return "Thank You" letter, Chuck will still be burdened with having to make that decision himself, when he'd rather be working on his next novel.
In summation: Sending a Reply letter to Chuck is allowed, but [u]only during the next fanmail date window.[/u] Until then, please save your "thank yous" for our message board, guestbook, or for when and if you see Chuck read in person.
- Last thing I'll reiterate is that, when Chuck begins accepting mail again, we'll give you the address to send it to. Do not, I repeat, [b]do not[/b] under any circumstances ever send mail to any other address but the one we announce on this site. Sending mail directly to Chuck will only mean a quick trip to the waste basket for your letter/package.
Play by the rules and you will be rewarded. And don't forget that this is a very rare thing, and that Chuck doesn't have to put as much time and concern into this policy as he does. So let us respect the man's good deeds and wait for the next fanmail window to open up.
Until then, prepare your letters.
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