There's one thing that really gets me. Every so often I get an email from someone writing about writers - the writing life, writers and publishing, that sort of thing - and they'd like me to answer some questions to help them with their surveys and essays. These requests can come from right across the board, from schoolchildren, from undergrads, from people writing theses for PhDs. In the first instance the senders are invariably polite, they nearly always express awareness of the hugeness of the request and the demand on my time. Well, it's nice to be helpful, and good to engage with readers, so I look at the questions, and if they're sensible and literate, which they usually are (though I've had one or two crazy semi-literate corkers!), I take the trouble to think about them and send answers. And know what? Having got my answers, those students hardly ever reply, leave alone say thanks!
It really makes me consider ignoring all such requests. What do others think?