Contact Information and Autographs
Art and Illustration
Children's Publishing

Will you sign my Magic the Gathering cards?

I truly appreciate all the fans who support the work I did for Magic the Gathering but, unfortunately, I do not sign cards through the mail. My current schedule does not allow for a quick return of your cards and I cannot be responsible for your cards becoming lost or damaged in transit to/from my studio.

I will autograph cards at my public events but I ask that you keep it to a maximum of 10.  I do not alter cards or create special signatures but I will sign with whatever pens you provide.Back to Questions

Where can I meet you?

I try to do as many signing events as time permits me throughout the year. I post confirmed dates on the Appearances section of my website so check back often—I may be coming to your town next!Back to Questions

How can I get in touch with you? What is your email?

I love to hear from fans of my books and make every effort to respond. However, due to my hectic schedule, I am not always able to personally respond to the emails I receive.

If you wish to send a letter via mail:

Tony DiTerlizzi

P. O. Box 442

Amherst, Massachusetts

If you have any other questions, please contact my studio manager at:
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What is your signing policy?


I will sign personal copies of your books, however there are some guidelines:

  1. If you would like your book personalized, please include a note with the name clearly written.

  2. If you are sending jacketed books to be signed, please remove the dust-jacket beforehand. The paper jackets can get damaged during shipping.

  3. Please include return packaging and postage with your book/s so that I can send them back to you. I would recommend insuring your package.

  4. If you are sending items from outside the United States, I ask that you include an International Postal Coupon that I can redeem when I ship your stuff back to you.

  5. You may send your books to me at:

Tony DiTerlizzi
P. O. Box 442
Amherst, Massachusetts 
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Can you send me an autograph or signed photo of yourself?

If you send your request to the following address, I can send you an autograph on my stationary:

Tony DiTerlizzi
P. O. Box 442
Amherst, Massachusetts

I do not have headshots to send out. However, you can download one from the Biography page of the website if you need one for a school project, book report, dartboard, etc.Back to Questions

My class/student have written you. Will you respond?

I am always touched when I receive a package of letters from students who are fans of my work. It validates what I do and why I do it.

If an entire class has written me, I will write back to the class as a whole. If one student is writing me (for a class project) I will usually reply in the form of a postcard or a letter.

Please note that I do my best to respond promptly; however, my schedule fluctuates due to travel and deadlines so it may take me some time to respond.

Lastly, if you are writing from school, please include the name of your school and teacher when you address your envelope.Back to Questions

Will you come speak at my school? Will you sign at our local convention?

I usually do school events in conjunction with a store event while on book tour. If you are interested in booking an event contact my studio manager at:

My hectic schedule no longer affords me time to attend local gaming conventions.Back to Questions

What’s the etiquette for a book signing? Can I bring copies of older books from home for you to sign? How about Magic the Gathering cards? Should I buy the book at the store or get it somewhere else before attending? Can I take photos of you with me and my kids?

Here’s how a book signing works (usually):
When an author, or illustrator, is promoting their latest book they often have an event at a bookstore where they speak, read, draw, answer questions and sign the new book.

The usual rule of thumb is that you CAN bring books from your own collection to have signed, but the bookstore would like you to purchase the newest book from them.

Some pointers I’ve experienced in attending book signings as a fan:

  • If you are bringing a book(s) from home, make sure you check in at the front of the store. Usually there is some form or slip they give you indicating that the book(s) you hold are previously purchased.

  • If you are bringing Magic: the Gathering cards, please limit the amount to a handful of your favorite ones.

  • If you want the book signed as a gift for someone, be sure to get the correct spelling of their name beforehand.

  • I can’t tell you how sad it makes me when I sign a book for a child and the parent tells me “We’ll save this one so my child doesn’t damage the book.” I make my books for kids of all ages to enjoy. I don’t want them to sit on a shelf and never be loved. It’s just a signature, I’d be happy to sign a new copy if you want down the road, just send it to me.

  • Bring that camera! I am happy to take a photo with readers who cherish my work.

Of course, all these rules vary from place to place. You may want to call the store beforehand to answer any questions you may have.Back to Questions

Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.