How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special
How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special

How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special

by Lynette M. Smith

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IMAGINE a world of people focused on gratitude for one another. Make it so! Start by writing letters of appreciation that will be treasured forever.

HOW TO WRITE HEARTFELT LETTERS TO TREASURE helps you touch others with your genuine, original letters to express your feelings of appreciation.

YOU WILL DISCOVER these valuable tools and tips:

* The essentials of planning, writing, packaging, and presenting your letters to convey your messages effectively.

* How to touch someone on a milestone birthday or special occasion related to school, military, romance, family, rites of passage, and career.

* How to commemorate a professional or personal relationship - to honor teachers, coaches, mentors, students, suppliers, and good friends; to bring meaning to a life well lived (including eulogies); and to mend torn relationships.

* Over 1,000 powerful words to help you describe someone special, organized into these 15 demographic lists: a smaller child, a pre-teen child, a teen boy, a teen girl, a younger man, a younger woman, a middle-aged man, a middle-aged woman, an older man, an older woman, someone religious or spiritual, a military service member, a supervisor or employee, a product creator or stellar service provider, and a teacher, coach, mentor, or student.

* Choices of the best inspirational quotations to enhance your letters, for 10 themes - age; appreciation; childhood, parenting, and grandparenting; forgiveness; legacy; love; spiritual faith and devotion; patriotism; leadership and teamwork; and teaching, learning, and striving.

* Great beginnings to jumpstart your sentences when you can't think what to say, in 11 categories - shared past experiences; shared present experiences; thoughtful reflections; legacy acknowledgments; longing for another; congratulations and/or looking to the future; recommendation/reference; general appreciation; mending a torn relationship; eulogy or remembrance; and condolences and appreciation.


PEGGY POST (Director of The Emily Post Institute and Co-Author of the 18th Edition of EMILY POST'S ETIQUETTE), concludes in her GUEST FOREWORD for this book, "Whatever the purpose of your correspondence, HOW TO WRITE HEARTFELT LETTERS TO TREASURE offers you options, advice, and encouragement to write. I'm confident you'll agree this book is a fabulous guide that will jumpstart your letter-writing skills and enjoyment. Your bonus will be enhanced relationships - a plus for you and for every person who receives one of your heartfelt letters."

SIMON T. BAILEY (Author, THE VUJÁ DÉ MOMENT and RELEASE YOUR BRILLIANCE) writes: "As much as email and text messaging have made our lives incredibly easier, they also threaten to extinguish former, more lasting methods of communication: I'm talking about the good, old-fashioned, almost forgotten art of letter writing. That's exactly why Lynette Smith's new book HOW TO WRITE HEARTFELT LETTERS TO TREASURE couldn't be better timed. A comprehensive guide to writing honest, heart-whole notes for any and every occasion, the book manages to shift our focus from haste, list checking, self-service, and artifice to gratefulness, obligation, appreciation, and love. There is absolutely no way this book and this author, if we let them, will not change our lives and the world for the better - note by note, letter by letter."

SCOTT HUNTER, CSP (Business Coach, Certified Professional Speaker, and Author of UNSHACKLED LEADERSHIP), writes: "Your attitude in life makes all the difference in the world and determines how life occurs for you. The most powerful attitude you can choose is gratitude. In this book, Lynette has provided a unique set of tools to facilitate your ability to both express appreciation and adopt gratitude as an everyday attitude. All you need is to add pen, paper, and your heart."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015920291
Publisher: All My Best
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 897 KB

About the Author

LYNETTE M. SMITH has headed the business and nonfiction copyediting division of All My Best ( since 2004. In 2009, she expanded her company in order to publish helpful writing guides, now also including her comprehensive reference book HOW TO WRITE HEARTFELT LETTERS TO TREASURE: FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND OCCASIONS MADE SPECIAL. She holds memberships in Editorial Freelancers Association, San Diego Professional Editors Network, and Publishers & Writers of San Diego.

Both personally and professionally, Lynette abides by the principles in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS by don Miguel Ruiz: “Be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; and always do your best.”

A personal event inspired Lynette to write about how to compose and send treasured letters of appreciation. As she tells this story:

“When our son Byron married Rachael in 2008, they each wrote a loving letter to their own parents, describing not only their fondest childhood memories but also the values, life lessons, and ideals they would bring to their marriage. At the wedding rehearsal, one at a time, they presented their letters to their parents. Both sets of parents, as well as all others present, felt deeply moved. We will always treasure our loving memento.”

Inspired by Byron and Rachael’s heartfelt creativity, Lynette published a set of four marriage-themed tips booklets for the various types of letters of appreciation.

The book you now hold is Lynette’s latest project related to her BIG, ACHIEVABLE GOAL: to get millions of people worldwide to focus on love and gratitude. One way to accomplish this is for people to start writing heartfelt letters of appreciation to their friends, loved ones, and business associates; these letters can help establish, grow, enhance, or even rebuild personal and professional relationships.

Also in line with her BIG, ACHIEVABLE GOAL, Lynette is developing a number of additional appreciation-themed projects that can be used and enjoyed in educational, personal, and professional settings.

Lynette hopes you will visit soon to learn more about how “Together we can change the world, one heartfelt letter of appreciation at a time.”

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