I know I’m going to sound like my mom here. I’m damned sorry to be such an old fart. But what happened to “thank you”? How many of you writers have sent a prize (a necklace, a book, whatever) to someone and never heard a word back? Maybe they hated the book, maybe they thought the prize was the ugliest damned thing they ever did see. Am I old fashioned? I’ve had this experience with other authors, too! If you send a book to a review site (especially one of the solo snarky spots), well, I guess you get what you get. I also try to go out of my way to thank reviewers for reading my book, no matter their comments. I don’t know if this is a problem more associated with electronic publishing–the instantaneous arrival of a “present” making it seem less valuable? Still, rude is rude. The loop posting “I came here for prizes and haven’t won anything…”–seriously, I got that message. Yikes!