Before You Subscribe
Thank you so much for your interest in this venture to enrich the world through literature and the arts! The following is a list of all the different ways you can subscribe to the Letters From The Sea Tower using this listing. Please take a look at these specifications before you place your order, so you can be sure you understand how the subscription works.
One-Time Purchase: If you select this option, you will receive the letter I have created for this month. If you are a first-time subscriber, you will also receive the introductory letter as a bonus, so your first mailing will include TWO letters! This purchase is for a single mailing and it does not renew automatically, so this is a great option if you're intrigued by the letters but you want to give them a try before you sign up for a monthly subscription.
Subscribe: If you select this option, you are signing up to receive the Letters From The Sea Tower as a subscription that will auto-renew each month. You can cancel your subscription at any time. Until you cancel, your selected payment method will be billed $12 on the first day of every month for the new letter I'm producing that month. The letter will be shipped out to you sometime during that month. All first-time subscribers receive the introductory letter as a bonus, so your first mailing will include two letters.
Prepay For Your Subscription: The prepay option is an auto-renewing subscription option that allows you to pay ahead and rewards your commitment with a discount. Here's how it works: when you select the "Subscribe" option and then tick the box that says "Prepay," you'll be able to select three, six, or twelve months from the dropdown menu. If you select three months, you'll be charged $33 for a three-month subscription (as opposed to the $36 you would be paying if you didn't prepay). When your subscription expires, it will be automatically renewed for another three months. Selecting six or twelve months will give you an even higher discount. Again, this subscription can be cancelled at any time.
Is This A Gift? After you tick the "Prepay" box, you'll see a gift option appear. If you select this box, you are purchasing a prepaid gift subscription that will not auto-renew. This is a great option if you'd like to purchase a subscription of three, six, or twelve months and gift it to a friend, but you don't want to continue being charged for it after that period.
Personalization: Please note that I personalize each of the Letters From The Sea Tower by hand with the name of the recipient. If you do not specify a name for personalization, I will address the letter to the name provided in the shipping address. If you'd like me to address the letters to a different person, please send me this information in a note during the checkout process. If you would like the name on the envelope to be different from the name on the letters, please be sure to let me know this as well. If you are ordering a subscription as a gift for a friend and would like me to include a brief, one-sentence handwritten message from you, you can include that information during the checkout process.
Shipping: Shipping for the Letters From The Sea Tower is FREE to all countries. I decided from the very beginning that I wanted to prioritize offering free domestic and international shipping so that the letters would be equally accessible all around the globe. I spent my childhood living overseas and I remember feeling disappointed that so many interesting things were out of reach due to high shipping rates, so I wanted ensure that the letters could be extended to every place. This means that a subscription to the Letters From The Sea Tower is great gift option for your friends all over the world!
About The Letters
The Letters From the Sea Tower are handmade monthly subscription letters that celebrate art and literature and how it matters for the Great Battle of Our Time. My aim in creating each month's letter is to produce a work of art that fills people with courage and creativity and to contribute to the revival of beautiful, meaningful, and unique hard-copy mail.
The letters are handwritten and painted by me and then carefully scanned and reprinted in my own home on heavy, archival quality, 100% cotton paper. I personalize them by hand for each recipient and mail them out monthly in an epic old-fashioned envelope with ink stamps and unique postage stamps. The letters are filled with watercolor paintings and sketches, field notes from nature or history or my travels, and illustrated poetry or quotes from my commonplace book. They are designed to be a well of stories and ideas that inspire others to take heart and remember their callings.
The inspiration for the name of this subscription comes from an essay J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about literary criticism of Beowulf. In his essay, Tolkien tells a little allegorical story about a man who built a tower on his property. His friends and neighbors thought the tower was a waste of valuable material, but they didn’t know that the man had built it in order to be able to see the sea. My hope is that these letters will offer a similar vantage-point as the tower in that story, that in the middle of our often dreary and monotonous lives, they will be a reminder of glory and unseen reality and a fleeting glimpse of “Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.” My introductory letter, included as a bonus with every first-time subscription, includes a full-color sea-tower illustration along with the full text of Tolkien's parable that serves as the inspiration for the Letters From The Sea Tower.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for dropping by this page today and considering a subscription to the Letters From The Sea Tower! There's no way I would be able to continue making the letters each month without the support of subscribers like you, and your subscriptions allow me to give away free letters on a regular basis to people who might not be able to afford them otherwise. I can't thank you enough for making this dream a reality.
Other Subscription Options
Select a Past Letter
Look through teaser photos of letters from previous months and pick one that fascinates you.
Pick-Your-Own Past Letters (Discounted Bundle of Six)
This listing allows you to enjoy six past letters of your choice at a significant discount when you order them all together.
Puzzle Pieces: New Poetry by Post
Limited-edition, signed copies of a brand new poem printed monthly on handmade artisan paper and mailed to subscribers. Those who have an active subscription to the Letters From The Sea Tower can get the poems for as little as $4 per month.
Surprise Me: Original Watercolor Travel Sketches
A limited number of surprise ORIGINAL watercolor travel sketches are available each month and you don't have to be a subscriber of any kind to get them.
Before You Subscribe