Have you told your favorite author how much you like her (or his) book(s)?
No, I’m not looking for compliments, but in the last few weeks I’ve had various people (people I barely know) tell me how much they enjoyed a particular book I wrote, and it has been a marvelous feeling. (What’s been really nice is it has been for different books I’ve written, not just one in particular.)
I know when I started writing and I met multi-published authors whose books I loved, I was afraid to say anything. In a way it was because I didn’t want to come across as an adoring fan (thought I was one). I also didn’t want to bother the writer because I was sure he/she had better things to do than talk to this adoring fan.
Later, I often didn’t say anything because I wanted to be seen as an equal. (Though I wasn’t one.)
Slowly, over the years, I’ve discovered people rarely are bothered by words of praise. Maybe, once a writer reaches a certain level of fame (i.e., James Patterson, Nora Roberts, or any number of NYT best sellers) being told you’re a wonderful writer or that a fan loved a particular book, doesn’t matter…but I have a feeling that’s wrong. I think, no matter how famous you become, it’s always gratifying to hear that someone thinks what you wrote (or how you wrote it) was wonderful.
Actually, I’m not suggesting you go out and hug your favorite author, but if you do have a chance, do let him (or her) know you loved a book s/he wrote. I’m pretty sure, if it doesn’t make their day, it will at least make them feel good.
(P.S., if I don’t immediately respond to a comment you make, it’s because as this goes live, I’ll be visiting Disney World. My time to play in an imaginary world.)