Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Go Fan Yourself

No, I'm not being mean, I just thought it was a catchy title. Hehehhehee ---

Fan mail. The very words inspire goosebumps and giddiness. It's like drinking Champagne while snorting helium. Makes you kind of light-headed and floaty. Though I've had only a few books published to date (many more under contract, thank God!) I have yet to receive very many fan letters. I don't know if it's because folks are not finding it easy to obtain my email, or because like me, they just don't think to write the letter.

I have to admit, I am the world's biggest fan girl when it comes to my favorite writers, and yet I've never put pen to paper or hands to keys to tell them how much I love and appreciate their work. Hmmmm, maybe it's time to start. I have writer friends who always send out a quick note if they read a book they love to let the author know. Such a simple thing. Quick too in these days of email. So, I guess that does kind of tie in with the title of my post. If you act like a fan yourself then in the great universe of reciprocation, perhaps someone will fan you.

But I digress....

I have gotten a few emails here and there and they always brighten my day, make me feel like someone actually "gets" my work. Believe it or not, the highlight of my trip to RT this past April was when a potential fan came up to me at the book signing to tell me she's been a year trying to obtain a copy of Immorati. When I arrived home I had an email waiting for me from someone else that said the same thing. I had the great pleasure of telling them that it will soon see print and they will be able to purchase copies of it. To me, that's like a whole year's supply of awesome sauce.

On my recent publications, I've been more diligent about having my email address displayed promiently somewhere in the book. Hopefully this will increase the number of readers who touch base with me. We'll see.

Oh, and more about the hunky book cover on the weekend!


Savanna Kougar said...

Kat, congrats on all your contracts. And on the fan mail.

Skylar Masey said...

I'm such a fan girl too! I've written to Johanna Lindsey and Carrie Alexander, though those were the 2 I did long hand. I've posted on blogs and sent e-mails aplenty to other writers I appreciate.

I hope you get tons of fan mail for your releases! Communicating with fans is such a great way to know what the readers think!