I love to talk. I don’t mean just the usual dialogue that happens between friends and neighbors or a phone conversation with my sister. Nope, I’m talking industrial sized, get the earplugs out, run for the nearest exit, Nina’s opening her mouth kind of chatter.

Seriously. Mr. Nina once bet me that I couldn’t carry on a one-sided conversation for the duration of a three hour car trip—once. The poor man’s ears were bleeding by the time we arrived and I was still going strong. LOL! I have no trouble finding things to talk about.

Marketing on blogs, twitter and facebook are not a problem for me. It releases some of those pent up words. But I digress. This post isn’t really about social media and marketing, it’s about how much I love to share.

So it’s no wonder when I finish reading a really good book, I’ve been known to send the author a note to tell her how much I enjoyed the story. But then I’m quick to give compliments as well. All of us hear so few good things in the course of our day, I like to be that little piece of happiness (and it goes back to my need to chat with everyone) that brightens someone’s day. But I’m an anomaly I’m sure.

It seems like so few readers are willing to write a review for a book they love, let alone pen a quick note or email to their favorite author.

And I wondered why. Is it a new trend created by a generation that would rather text a brief message 40 times a day before sitting down to write a newsy letter? Has it always been this way? I’m curious, have you ever written to an author? Have you thought about it and didn’t for one reason or another? Let me know. I’m curious like that. Because trust me authors love to hear from readers.

0 Responses to Don’t Talk Amongst Yourselves

  • I have written to authors and told them how much I’ve enjoyed their books. These days most authors have a contact address on their website or at the back of their book, so it’s relatively easy.

    In fact I’m reading Monster in My Closet by RL Naquin at present. I’m pretty sure I’m going to email her and maybe do a review if I have time because it’s a great book!

    • Shelley – I love writing to authors and now that I know what a thrill it is, I try to take time and review a book I really enjoyed. It’s such a little thing, but means so much.

  • I’m curious about this too. Before becoming a writer I always wrote authors and gave them praise for their books. I still do it now.

  • You got me, Nina. I don’t write reviews because I think readers always discount reviews written by authors. But I have received some nice fan mail!

    • I do think readers believe author reviews are bias. Still, I do it for books I reaslly enjoy. And fan mail ia definitely wonderful to receive.

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