It was in late 2007 when I first discovered ebooks and in late 2008 that I first started lurking, then commenting, before
pulling out of my arse creating my own blog.
I’ve come to really appreciate it when an author takes the time and effort to promote their work and respond to their readers. A number have spoken honestly and openly about the benefits and pitfalls of doing this.
I think there is a tendency amongst readers to be embarrassed about being perceived to be too fangirly – or boyly as the case may be. So perhaps we readers are not as open/ public/ whatever about how we feel every time an author responds to a comment or visits our blog. I’m one of those who have been lucky enough to have a few authors drop in – and sometimes play 😉 – here.
My pal Jenre has written a couple of great posts giving a reader’s perspective about authors and publishers who go that extra mile and I thought I’d share my view with you all… albeit not as eloquently. 🙂
Question: What makes Kris squee?
Answer: When an author personalises a message to me/a reader.
The Evidence: Two of my prized possessions.
I was in uni when I found it Terry Pratchett was coming to Perth (fyi – NOone comes to this back of the woods very often) and dragged my Mumma with me to his book signing. I was so in awe she had to speak to him for me. LOL. I got the above though and this helped make up for any mortification I felt. *g*
A couple of weeks ago, I was the giddy recipient of the following I’d won during Ana’s and Thea’s Smugglivus festivities:
Pretty friggin’ cool, hey.
Now lookee what I got in today’s mail!
See. He does so still like me. *GRIN*
Authors, we might not always say it, but have no doubts that whenever a reader gets something like this or even a simple acknowledgment to a comment this is what they are secretly doing:
BTW, if someone DARES use MY author squees for the purposes of evil, I will hunt them down and squish them like the bugs they are.
Just saying. 🙂