March 04, 2014

To Write That Email or Not

To Write That Email or Not

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Okay, this is something I've been pondering for a long time already. As an author, it totally makes my day when I receive an Email from a reader in which they tell me they really liked one of my books. It doesn't happen often, but it does sometimes. I think my very first out-of-the-blue Email like that was after A Purrfect Match had been published. It wasn't a long, elaborate mail, just a simple “I loved your book”, but it meant so much to me.

Now, what's my dilemma? As an author, I know how it feels to receive these Emails, but how would another author feel if I contacted them to tell them how much I adore their books? Especially if said author is known as one of the really big names in our genre? Would it look as if I'm trying to suck up to them? Because that's not what it’s about.

At the moment, I'm bursting with the urge to write another author to tell them that I've read almost all their books (from a really long backlist) and that I'm slowly buying all available audiobooks. I'm loving every minute of listening to the audiobooks, but I'm afraid to contact the author.

Does anyone else share these worries? If so, did you just write that damn Email anyway and hope you won’t look like a total tool?

12 comments:

  1. Wrote the email to Kim Dare lol. LOVE her stuff and ended up having her do a giveaway on my blog. I'd say she's a big name too. Found out she was very nice and I enjoyed talking to her.

    I've done the 'email' several times and have been glad I did.

    I say go for it, Chris. The 'big names' are folks just like us. They bleed red too, you know? They have good days and bad days. And 99.99% are very nice and love to hear from readers... because you know, authors are readers too, lol!!
    ~M

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    1. Thanks for your advice, Michelle (Julie has been saying the same lol). I know all that and I'm sure I'll be able to work up enough courage, just not today... ;-)

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  2. I'm not a writer, but I can't imagine any writer not appreciating praise. They write for themselves but they publish so it can be read and appreciated by others. Whether you're a fellow writer or not shouldn't matter.

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    1. You're probably right and I'm just overthinking things. I sent that e-mail and hope I didn't come across as an idiot. ;-)

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  3. Chris, it happened that I was reading a book and liked it so much that I had to write to the author to tell him how awesome his writing was. I hadn't finished reading his book at this point.:-)

    The author wrote back right away and thanked me for my comment. And I felt happy, too. It's always a good thing to tell another writer that you love his book.

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    1. Star,

      you're probably right. I plucked up all my courage and wrote that e-mail (and I even sent it off *g*). Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting!

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  4. Write that email. How else is that author going to know you love their book? :) I often let other authors know I like their books and not one has been anything less than happy about it. If you think about how you feel when a reader writes to you, that's how they feel. Even the most famous writers cherish letters from fans.

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    1. It's just that I'm not sure why said author should care whether I liked their book or not, you know? Argh! It made much more sense to me when I pondered this question, now it sounds dumb.

      Anyway, I wrote that e-mail and I do feel better that I did. At least I got it off my chest. :)

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  5. Write that email, Chris T. Kat! I never do and I regret it. I've read so many just wonderful books and I wish I did have the nerve to email them. I've tried a few times but usually just deleite them. Go for it girl! You are a wonderful person and anyone should be thrilled to hear from you!

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    1. Dizzy, I feel you! I really do!

      Anyway, I finally managed to write that e-mail and sent it off. I hope it'll give said author a short moment of joy. I enjoyed writing the e-mail, even if I think I sounded like a total tool. :P

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  6. I have written to a few, but I tend to do it from my personal account rather than my author one if I am not sure how it would be read at the other end.

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    1. Damn, i wish I'd had that idea! Oh, well, e-mail has been written and sent. Hopefully said author enjoyed the mail. :)

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