Actually, this post is about emails and reviews that make authors hearts go pitty pat. I got a wonderful review on amazon this weekend, and no, it isn’t because I obsessively check my amazon reviews, but because it was mentioned in a tweet . It really was wonderful. It totally ‘got’ me in all the right ways and made my weekend. It wasn’t a review by a well-know magazine or newspaper or review site, it was simply a reader who loved what I’d written, and it felt as good as any industry accolade.
I also have recently received a number of emails from fans, telling me how much they enjoy my work and eager to know when my next book is out. That kind of thing makes me determined to write better every day, not to let those fans down. This is what it’s about. Sharing stories, and making readers hunger for more.
I have to put my hand up and say that before I became published, I rarely contacted an author. Now that I know how great it feels to get feedback from readers, I try to do it more often.
Writing can be a very isolating and lonely endeavour. We sit at a computer, tip tapping away, and having readers reach out and contact us is wonderful. It’s also a lot easier to do now days, with twitter, contact forms on websites, author newsletters, and Facebook. And then there is Goodreads, amazon and B&N. All wonderful places to show the authors you love some love in return, because those star ratings help us, and we really, really appreciate it when people who loved our work say so.
While the characters and the story may be why we get up in the morning and spend another day banging our heads against the computer (um, bending, that should be BENDING our heads OVER the computer ) readers are what keep us going when things are tough, when scenes won’t work and we start to hate our characters. Someone saying how much they liked a previous character, who we also hated at one point before we finally worked things out with them (usually after we put them through hell first, to teach them whose boss) makes you remember that there is a point at which you reconcile with your story and find a way through it, and that yes, it IS worth doing this.
So thank you, to every reader out there. And if you’re really moved by a story, let others know. There are so many ways. And whichever way you choose, I promise you, the author will appreciate it.
So, do you ever go on amazon, goodreads, B&N, or any other place of your choice, and give a good review of a book you’ve enjoyed? Ever contact the author to let them know how much you enjoyed their work?
P.S. You’ll see the image for this post is my new cover, for my latest historical novel, THE EMPEROR’S CONSPIRACY, set in London in 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars. I got the go-ahead to show it around last week, and I obviously had to share here at MM. I love it!