So, this morning I was doing my usual GR reviews reading, I saw a book I thought I maybe-kinda-sorta would like and marked it as ‘to-read.’ At around noon I got a message from the author of that ‘to-read’ book, he wrote (paraphrasing) : Rita, thanks for marking my book as ‘to-read,’ you made my day. Blah, blah, how did you hear of my book? Blah, blah. You can buy it here: link.
To be fair, besides it being a ‘form-letter’ the note was very nice, had a little bit of self-deprecating humor and a warning that the book can be gory, which was kinda cute—but overall the note made me feel … put on the spot.
I responded with: Hi (author’s name), You’re welcome. I found your book by doing bladdidy blah… Btw, do you send this message to everyone who adds your book? If yes, that’s hardcore;), do people usually respond well? I’m just curious. Anyhow, thanks for the thanks. -Rita
Unfortunately, I think the author thought I was hitting on him (poor guy), he responded with a little anecdote about how much his wife loves him and didn’t really answer my question.
The above little story is a pretty extreme example of the “authors reaching out to potential readers” behavior. Mostly I just get ‘friend requests’ from authors, who, if I accept, write me a message like: “Hi, I think you’ll love my memoir about living with drug addicts! Buy it on Amazon!”
Then I’m like: Are the drug addicts…magical? Werewolves? Vaaammmmpppirrrrezzzz? No?
Joking I’m not that big of a jerk. But my point is: the author(s) obviously could give a stinky-poop what my interests are. (For the record: I’m not saying I don’t make my newbie author mistakes!!! I’m sure I do all the time.)
But this morning’s experience made me wonder: do people like authors to reach out to them?
I could understand how people would; I could totally picture how cool it would be to have a personal correspondence with one’s potentially-favorite-author, for some…
…not me…but I admit I’m pretty socially inept; if I wrote a memoir it’d probably be titled something like: “500 days of AWKWARD.” Perhaps all the socially competent people of the world enjoy this author sales-messaging.
Question: Do you like it when authors reach out to you (by befriending you and/or sending you sales-messages, etc.)? Do you like to have author-initiated personal correspondence with authors? Any stories you want to share?
Just curious how everyone else feels…