Relationships with Readers



Over the past few weeks I’ve been expanding my reading genre. As a writer, it is so important to read a wide variety of texts to see how other writers are captivating their audience. Some styles of writing I’ve enjoyed more than others but it has been refreshing to note the styles I’ve been able to relate to and those I’ve not. I’ve delved into self-published novels as well as established traditional authors books. There are some great stories being told by all.

Generally,  I love the fast pace of thrillers and enjoy shadowing the protagonist as he/she tackles problems head on. This is the only time I enjoy running! However, as with my writing I enjoy taking a break from the full on action and settling into a softer, more character driven story. I have recently finished The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh, which I highly recommend. The story follows the lives of three main characters and how their lives intertwine due to circumstance.  I was so enthralled by the author’s eloquent style. The language was simple and yet used with such a delicate sophistication, it pulled me into the story. I enjoyed McIntosh’s novel so much, I emailed her to thank her. As a writer, we love to get positive feedback so why not pass it on as a reader? I was thrilled to receive a personal email back and she even made a new sale as there is a follow on to The Lavender Keeper. Naturally, I bought it. Would I have bought it if I hadn’t received a response? Probably not. There’s another lesson learned: writers should value their readers and forge relationships. It will bring about future sales.

What are you reading at the moment? Do you write to authors to tell them how much you enjoyed their book?

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  1. I should do that more often. It is a thrill as an author to hear good things from the fans.

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    1. I'm looking forward to building up relations with my future readers :)

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  2. I was thrilled to read your comment and see that you were buying the book. How often does someone say that in a comment. I do hope you enjoy it. I know I had one hell of a journey writing it! So nice to meet you! Thank you!

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    1. It is just my type of read, Yolanda. Looking forward to getting stuck in :) Wishing you every success.

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  3. A good message. I probably don't spend enough time doing that.

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    1. You replied to my comment after I read SEEKER :) Hope all is well with you.

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  4. I read all kinds of different genres, most outside of what I write. I've emailed a few authors and always received feedback. I know it's very special for me when a reader reaches out.

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    1. So pleased your readers do the same Susan. Have a lovely week.

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  5. I love to read all kinds of books. Right now I'm reading a YA fantasy/sci-fi/wizard book. I've never written to authors because I always wonder if they truly would receive it and read it. I would. I would even reply back. :)

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    1. Write to them Chrys. They would love it just as much as you do.

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  6. I think it's a great idea to read a wide variety of genres. It's important to stretch your writing. And really good writing keeps you interested no matter what genre it is.

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    1. I agree! Thanks so much for popping by to comment.

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  7. I have my favorites, but I'll read just about any genre. I've bought more books by favorite authors who seem approachable. I've never sent fan mail, though. I've tweeted at them.

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    1. Great way to feedback. I'm not a tweeter yet :) Thanks for popping by Medeia.

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  8. I just finished Firebird, a sci-fi fantasy type story, and I think I should write the author. I have written authors before, and it's been wonderful to receive a few e-mails like that, too.
    Thanks for the encouragement to encourage. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for popping by to comment, Tyrean. Lovely to 'see' you.

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  9. I haven't written writers yet, but I know how much I enjoy hearing back from people who enjoyed reading my stories, so it's something I'd like to get into the habit of doing.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Misha. I think it's great for readers to show their appreciation. Gives us writers such a boost.

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  10. That's a good lesson to learn - always respect your reader. I don't tend to think of genre when I choose a book to read - I'll pick up any book I'm grabbed by, so I veer around quite a lot.

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    1. Readers are the reason we write. They are so important to us and it's great to forge relationship with them. Thank you for popping by Annalisa.

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  11. I'm proofreading and editing, so I have nothing new to report. I hope that changes in a few weeks. But I have this urge to meet April head-on with something to show for the last 3 months. Where did the time go!!! Thanks for introducing me to Fiona.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting and popping by Joylene. Sounds like you've been busy. The first few months of the year always seem to fly by. Which is baaad because my birthday comes and goes far too quickly and before I can get used to a new age, another has zoomed by. Uugghh! Have a great week.

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  12. Thanks for introducing me to Fiona's novels. I'm not reading anything right now. Too overwhelmed with editing.

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    1. I hope you enjoy her books as much as I do.

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  13. I've been jumping all over the place in my reading. From Bill Bryson to Laurence Yep. Somehow I feel the need to explore more this year.

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    1. Bill Bryson keeps staring at me from my book shelf - very eerie (the book obviously :)). I must make time to grab it and actually read it. Wishing you lots of fabulous explorations!! Don't forget to share your adventures :)

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  14. I do review every book I read, but I haven't been very good about emailing the author and telling them how much I enjoyed their book. I should do that more. Right now I've been in a big urban fantasy kick, but that's also what I've been writing, so it makes sense. I do enjoy reading different types of fiction (mostly genre fiction as opposed to literary).

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    1. You have been busy, Cherie. Glad things are going well for you and wish you a lot of fun with your urban fantasy :) Thanks so much for popping over to comment.

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  15. Hi Nicola, thanks for commenting on my blog. I read mainly spiritual and true stories. On the odd occasion I might read a novel , but it has to grab me for some reason, mostly it will be the reality that it portrays. I don't read to escape but to learn more about being human. The book I'm reading now is a spiritual classic - "The Return of The Prodigal Son" . I have found it life changing .

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    1. Thank you for popping by Marian. In 2007, my husband was seriously ill and I read The Journey by Brandon Bays, which helped us both through the difficult time. Luckily he is healthy again and we are enjoying life.

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  16. That's wonderful you got a response. As an author, I've been able to meet a lot of other authors and tell them in person.

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    1. Thanks for popping by Diane. Hope business is doing well!

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  17. I read this book about 20 years ago that really resonated with me. About ten years ago I picked it up again and it had the same effect. Only now we had the interwebs so I sent the author an email. he responded and we've maintained a friendship ever since.

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    1. It is so great when one reaches out to an author and a permanent friendship results. Thank you for popping by to comment.

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  18. I review every book I read, and I have written some fan letters. I also follow the authors I really like on social media and share the reviews I write on there. I agree it's important to forge relationships with readers. I'm always happy to respond to emails from readers. Right now I just finished reading a few short stories which I critiqued for my local writer's group. A little bit of satire and fantasy.

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    1. You have so much energy, Christine. I am often in awe at the amount of 'stuff' you fit into your life. A-mazing!! Thanks so much for your continued support. Have a great week.

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  19. If authors are present in Web more readers can send comments and thanks.
    Good to visit your site as a part of my A to Z visits.
    Welcome to A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2016 - Co-Participant - Nrao
    NRao Blogs - 2016 A to Z Challenge Blog Posts

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    1. Thank you! Looking forward to the Challenge throughout April. It should be a lot of fun.

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  20. I emailed American author, Ann Weisgarber, after reading two of her novels and being captivated by them both. We have corresponded since and I met her at a friend's book launch last year when she came over to England. She has followed my writing career and was one of the first one to congratulate me when I got my agent.

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    1. What a great friendship. Thanks for sharing that Wendy. Hope all is going well.

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  21. I actually have a few letters tucked into my physical books at home--two from Piers Anthony and one from Terry Brooks. I wrote them fan mail back in the days before email was easily accessible and was utterly thrilled to receive a response. Now, with everything being digital, I follow authors on social media. Perhaps I should reach out and send a fan email.

    I've never had a reader reach out to me to say how much they loved my writing. Makes me wonder if there's a message in that...

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    1. Thank you for popping by, Loni. I hope you hear from your readers very soon. Have a lovely week!

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  22. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    April should be exciting. I'm looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There's a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
    I've followed your GFC.

    This was a great post. I have only reached out to writers (who I don't know personally) via Twitter. Some have responded more than others.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement! Looking forward to the big day on Friday! Have a great week.

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