Know your audience

Emails to share book-review PDFs understandably don’t always come addressed to exactly the right person. A hopeful submitter might guess that “magazine at hbook dot com” goes to a different HB-er than myself, and I usually don’t think much of it. But a recent highlight of that very active inbox stopped me in my email-clicking tracks. It began: 

“Dear Bertha…”

I like to imagine that Bertha Mahony Millerwho founded the Horn Book in 1924 — would be as amused as I was. Ms. Miller, if you’re listening somewhere, we have a message for you...if we can ever figure out how to explain what it is.

Shoshana Flax
Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine, is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. She has served on the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Sydney Taylor Book Award committees.

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