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?