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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Yes, that made my day

OK, just had to share. Last night I got my first fan mail!
Someone picked up the ARC of The Emerald Tablet at TLA, read it, liked it not only enough to finish it but also to take the time to send me an email telling me so.
Um, Yay!
And, really, yes, this did make my day.

So here's my question. When you read a good book, do you email the author to let them know? I go through phases where I do. Sometimes I get replies, and (hard to believe) sometimes I don't. Not that it matters. If I liked it, it's worth telling the author.

18 comments:

Christine M said...

You know, I don't usually. But I should. I guess it honestly never occurred to me. I did once - and I did get an answer.

Oh - and my kids think we should buy 4 copies of the Emerald Tablet when it goes on sale - one for each member of the family. I hope you don't mind if we don't buy quite that many.

PJ Hoover said...

Chris, just send me fan mail, and I won't mind at all!
Your kids are sweet!

beth said...

Actually, I recently sent a letter to the author of The Princess and the Hound. It was because I still had questions about her book; I wasn't sure about one scene and what it meant for future books. I've never just sent fan mail; that's rarely occurred to me, but I have sent letters and gotten conversations started about the book.

PJ Hoover said...

Hey, Beth, so did you get the answers you wanted on The Princess and the Hound?

HipWriterMama said...

If I know the author through blogging, I'll send them an e-mail. Or I'll write a post sharing my enthusiasm for the book (which I haven't done in a long time and need to rectify soon).

But as for a real fan letter on nice paper, I've never done that. Perhaps I should...

PJ Hoover said...

HWM, I think I did a couple fan mail letters on real paper back when I was small. I know I wrote to Shawn Cassidy for sure. Yes, I know he's not an author, but with celebrity memoirs, he could be.

keri mikulski :) said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! Did you hang it up? What an awesome feeling!

Depends on what I'm reading. Since I write a review column for a magazine, I'm always letting authors know when I love their new book. If I'm reading YA, I usually do let the author know. But, anything else - not usually.

Sherry said...

I don't as often as I should. If they're my MySpace friend I usually drop a comment telling them I liked it, but I should get better at emailing authors. :)

Erin said...

Argh, that above comment was me. I forgot to sign my mom out.

Janet Fox said...

What a great feeling, to hear from a fan! I'm jealous!

I've never sent fan mail but I'm going to run home and see if I picked up an ARC of your book at TLA (I hope so - it looks very, very cool)!

Janet Fox said...

What a great feeling, to hear from a fan! I'm jealous!

I've never sent fan mail but I'm going to run home and see if I picked up an ARC of your book at TLA (I hope so - it looks very, very cool)!

beth said...

...After reading hipwritermama's blog, I wondered if you'd share your hero's journey outline you used to write your book? A quick search on google revealed far to many for me to read!

beth said...

And PS--

The writer of The Princess and the Hound did write back. She was very friendly about it and explained that the very scene I had issues with is going to be the basis of the sequel, and she left part of it vague in order to bring up the issues in the next book!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Keri! I did not hang it up though I did grab my husband and make him come in and read it. :)
And you know, come to think of it, I normally only email kids authors about books I've read and enjoyed. I wonder why.

Hey Erin, I should get better too, and MySpace would be a perfect place to do it! Good idea.

Hi Janet, I'm sure it won't be long before you hear from a fan too! And did you get the ARC? I think they ran out by the end of the day Wednesday. And Thanks!

Beth, how cool you picked the one thing she "planted" in the novel to question her on. That must mean you read like a writer. And yes, I'll convert my Hero's Journey outline to PDF and post it on my website. I'll let you know when I do! Thanks for asking!

Jim D said...

Wow! Wait til the book hits the shelves! I couldn't be happier for you.

I have sent emails to a few authors over the years and have always gotten responses as to how thrilled they were that I liked there works.

Now J K Rowlings was not one of the ones I emailed (although I do love HP).

Jim D

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Jim! It's funny as I'm way less likely to email best-selling authors. Maybe because I think they won't really care one way or the other if they get my email?

carla said...

I totally email the authors...but only because it's do unto others and I think how Id looove having that done unto me :)

HOW COOL FOR YOU!!

PJ Hoover said...

And you even get miscellaneous presents sent to you in the mail, Carla!
Thanks!