How long does it take to get a reply?
On average it takes around two to eight weeks to get a response. Some celebrities - mainly the more popular stars - can take considerably longer, with some taking more than six months, or even a year! Some will also respond within a few days.
More than one address is listed for some celebrities, how do I know which is the best one to use?
Letters sent to any of the addresses listed should reach the celebrity, or the person who deals with their fan mail. Usually, the address listed first is the one we believe to be the best to try first.
Am I guaranteed to receive an autograph from addresses other people have had success with?
Just because an address has been reported as successful doesn't mean you are guaranteed an autograph too. Celebrities can be very inconsistant at responding to autograph requests with some people receiving autographs and others receiving nothing. There are many reasons for this, such as celebrities only being able to cope with so many requests in a given time, and insincere requests which celebrities may believe are from autograph dealers.
Another thing to bear in mind is some people who reported addresses as successful may have been fooled by pre-prints, secretarials or autopenned signatures. Find more details on these here.
What are pre-printed autographs?
For details on pre-prints, and other types of facsimile autograph, click here.
How can I tell if an autograph is genuine?
For details on how to spot the various forms of facsimile autographs sent out by celebrities click here.
Where can I get foreign postage stamps?
Postage stamps can be purchased on many of the world's postal service websites. Here are direct links to the online shops for some of them:
How can I find out how much foreign postage I will need for my return letter?
Postage costs can be calculated on the websites of the various postal services. Here are links to some of them:
Where can I get unsigned celebrity photos?
One of the best retailers of celebrity photos is Movie Market. Click here to visit their website. You could also search for pictures on the web and print them out. A good site to find suitable photos is Flickr.