August 2, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Letters!

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Booking Through Thursday


Have you ever written an author a fan letter?
Did you get an answer?
Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?


(And, sure, I suppose that e-mails DO count . . . but I’d say no to something like a message board on which the author happens to participate.)


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

Reading other BTT participants responses is making me feel so left out! No, I have never written a letter. I've commented on authors' message boards, most recently Ami McKay, but I guess that doesn't count. Wow, this is such a boring answer!
I think I was always too shy to write a letter. Now, with the internet, it's so much easier to drop a line to an author and say how much I've enjoyed their book. Some authors even have their own Facebook page. Still, I don't do it, and I'm not sure why. Maybe I should start.

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  1. I've emailed authors if I've really liked their books. As an author myself, I love getting feedback from readers. And there are times when I do get into discussions about the book with them.

    If you really like a book, don't hesitate to write the author; we love to hear from you!

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  2. That's all right, Chris! I haven't really written to authors, but I think I will start doing that now, especially to the ones I've really liked.

    Happy BTT! Thanks for popping by...

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  3. You know I've never really thought about it, but maybe I should?

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  4. Don't feel left out - not at all! I haven't written an author, or anyone else like a celebrity or politician or any one like that. I don't contact them via email or webpages either, so you are definitely not alone :)

    Have a great day, and Happy Reading!!!

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  5. I've written a couple of authors: Donna Woolfolk Cross (author of Pope Joan) and Anita Diamant (The Red Tent). I got swift responses from both. I was just so bowled over by their books that I had to say thanks for their fantabulous work.

    Since then I've written a number of other authors (because of Estella's Revenge), and I've found the majority to be kind and totally flattered to hear positive feedback.

    Get to writin'! :)

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  6. Don't feel bad, Chris! My answers were all no, no and no too.

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  7. You shouldn't feel bad. Like you, I'm shy too. But with emails it really help to take out the shyness in me. More fun and more quicker. And the easiest way to ask questions to the authors :)

    I know authors like to hear from their readers (and no, I am not an author myself) Happy Thursday!

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  8. Hey Chris, I've only written to a few, and I'm glad all of them responded. But nowadays I don't, perhaps I've outgrown it. *shrugs*

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  9. I am shy about it too, Chris. I have written authors before, but other than the one letter I wrote in high school, I have always hesitated and more often than not, I don't follow through with it, even if I may want to. I think I'm too star struck. Haha It's sad really because I know many of the authors are so personable and would enjoy hearing from a fan.

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  10. Starstruck, I think that's it. I don't feel I could do more than gush about them and then I'd feel like a doofus!

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  11. Catching up on my commenting...

    I wrote a fan letter to the essayist Scott Russell Sanders and received a very nice reply.

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