Author Topic: Tips from the Hip #20  (Read 6456 times)

Wolfe

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Tips from the Hip #20
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:33:17 AM »
Respond

If and when you start to get letters and emails from your fans, please respond to them. There's nothing worse, as a reader, to hear zilch from an author you admire when you've taken the time to write. If you want a fan for life, please thank them and say something personal. Your day isn't so busy that you can't take the time to at least say thank you.

Silence is poison.

You didn't, and don't, appreciate it when agents do it to you, so please don't do it to your readers.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2015, 04:29:04 PM by Wolfe »

Offline Mrs N

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Re: Tips from the Hip #19
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 07:53:54 AM »
Okay, okay, thanks for your letter, Wolfe. Real glad you enjoyed Love in Fairyland as much as I enjoyed writing it. (Oh, and I like your hair.)

Seriously, cheers for all these tips they are great.  8)
« Last Edit: February 17, 2015, 08:07:58 AM by Mrs N »

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Re: Tips from the Hip #19
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 08:13:31 AM »
Okay, okay, thanks for your letter, Wolfe. Real glad you enjoyed Love in Fairyland as much as I enjoyed writing it. (Oh, and I like your hair.)


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Re: Tips from the Hip #19
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 09:07:09 AM »
Fans? What fans?

Thanks, Wolfe. :)

By the way, this should be Tip #20. Yer slackin, baby. ;D
« Last Edit: February 17, 2015, 09:19:28 AM by Annmarie »
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Re: Tips from the Hip #19
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 10:42:16 AM »
I couldn't agree more.  If you're lucky enough to be contacted by someone who's read your book - whether he bought, borrowed or stole it - and wants to tell you what he thought of it, respond as if he was your maiden aunt, old, ailing, childless and rich.

This isn't difficult if he enjoyed the book and thinks you're wonderful.  A modest "I know" may suffice.  It's harder to know what to do with the critical "fan".  Unless he writes to the author of every book he reads that displeases him, he's probably still paying you a (kind of) compliment.  If he's misunderstood something, you can put him straight - but politely, remember, you want him to buy (or borrow, or steal) your next book too.  If he just enjoys sounding off, a response along the lines of "I read your letter with interest" is perhaps the best you're going to do.

The only "fan mail" I ever declined to answer was from a man (I think) who insisted he hated my writing and saw in it signs of a psychotic personality, but had obviously read more or less everything I'd ever written!  Some people you just don't want to give your home address to...

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Re: Tips from the Hip #19
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 11:48:31 AM »
I completely agree with this advice.

I will frequently contact an author and thank them for writing a book or tell them how particularly useful it was to me. This practice turned out to be quite helpful for me. When first starting my degree program, I wrote three authors. Two wrote back very warm, positive responses. Flash forward a few years? The first two both ended up on my dissertation committee. Sweet. I ended up working with those two for years. And even though we no longer work together, we still make contact periodically to catch up. It is a wonderful friendship that all started with an insecure freshman in awe of the experts, who later helped make me an expert. Pretty awesome.

If anyone ever contacts me, I always reply to them with warm, approachable friendliness. You never know where those relationships might take you in the future.  :)

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Re: Tips from the Hip #19
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 12:05:03 PM »
From a 'fan' point of view, it really does mean a great deal to receive even a short 'thank you for your message' reply.

Like WB, I've often contacted an author when something they've written has really made an impact. I always figured they're human beings, just like me, and it's always a good thing to know when someone appreciates something you worked so hard to achieve.
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Re: Tips from the Hip #19
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 04:29:56 PM »
By the way, this should be Tip #20. Yer slackin, baby. ;D

Thanks! I looked and looked, but couldn't remember which number I was on. ;)

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Re: Tips from the Hip #20
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2015, 06:42:06 AM »
I totally agree,

and I usually do write replies on commenters
on my blog(s) and all...,

Only especially around Valentines day, it isn't easy
to wade through all those mail bags!!!  ;D


 
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