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How to make an author’s day: Send them a “fan letter”

There are days when it’s downright nice to be an author and today was one of them. When I finally powered up the laptop and checked my email after almost two weeks absence, I found a wonderful note from Will over at Youngest of One. Apparently he’d just finished reading my recent teen novel, Video Magic, and wanted to tell me how much he had enjoyed the book. He talked about how easily it was for him to relate to the characters and how he connected with the main character and her problems. Frankly, Will couldn’t have given me a better gift. It also says a lot about him as a reader. Despite the book obviously being more attractive to a female readership, he was able to put aside any preconceptions and be open to the characters and the story.

When I dropped by his blog, I discovered that he was also kind enough to mention that he’d read my book and readily recommended Video Magic. His comments are at the end of the Youngest of One entry for Thursday. If you missed Will’s comments on my first teen novel, Divided Loyalties, you can find them at the end of his 9/11/2005 musings.

I stumbled across Will’s blog–as bloggers are apt to do–more than a year ago and became an instant fan. His musings about school and life and about the intricate dance teens do each every day as they navigate this brave new world captured my attention then and now. I laughed as he recapped a school trip to Philadelphia. Memories of my own annual school field trips to the same city rushed to mind and I was hooked and reading Will’s blog on a regular basis.

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth the time to blog, I can only tell you that becoming a part of the blogging community has added immensely to the richness of my days. Behind every blog is a blogger–and a potential new friend.

Now, have you recently read a book you enjoyed? Why not send a note to the author and let them know.


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  • http://youngestofone.com/ Will

    I was glad to do it. And you couldn’t be more right about the community feeling. I came into this blogging role to become a better writer, but I’ve stayed for the friends.

  • http://youngestofone.com/ Will

    I was glad to do it. And you couldn’t be more right about the community feeling. I came into this blogging role to become a better writer, but I’ve stayed for the friends.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/serenaonline/ Serena

    Here’s the link to the site I was telling you about that mentioned your blog:
    http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/blogtalk/wpn-58-20060225FanLettersAreTheyforBloggersToo.html

  • http://profile.typekey.com/serenaonline/ Serena

    Here’s the link to the site I was telling you about that mentioned your blog:
    http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/blogtalk/wpn-58-20060225FanLettersAreTheyforBloggersToo.html

  • http://f-i-n.diaryland.com fin

    I sent a letter to james p blaylock and he actually sent me a postcard back.

  • http://f-i-n.diaryland.com fin

    I sent a letter to james p blaylock and he actually sent me a postcard back.