So you guys. Since early 2012 I’ve been working on this post I wanted to do about the differences between myself as a reader before I was a blogger and after I became a blogger because my habits have changed SO MUCH. I kept putting it off because of wedding plans. I wanted to make this cute graphic that was a list but, when I finally started to work on it this year, it was just looking TOO crowded with about 30 different things and overwhelming and not AT ALL what I had in mind. Then I decided…why not make it a series? The more I thought about it — it would lend to a better discussion if I just give you one at a time. I’m kind of glad my original idea didn’t work out because I’m liking this better. Check the end of the post for previous Before & After’s.
I never met or talked to an author. I thought they just lived somewhere in the clouds above — inaccessible and they wouldn’t give two craps if I wanted to talk to them about their books. I had never ever gone to any sort of bookish event or signing — I don’t think I knew they really existed. Truthfully, I thought all published authors (not self pubbed) were rich and famous. I mean, you WROTE A BOOK…surely you had to be rich?? haha. And I was WAY to intimidated to send a fan letter THROUGH THE MAIL or by email.
Because I’ve been able to find out about book events, I have met so many authors — some of my favorites, debut authors and even really extremely well established authors. I’ve met or listened to authors I read as a kid or a teen — people who made impacts on my life and made me the reader I am today. I interact on a daily basis, through Twitter, with authors. It’s UNREAL just how accessible they are for me. I would have never thought I would interact/meet authors in this way before I was a blogger. I love that I can tell an author on Twitter just HOW much their book impacted me or realize that my favorite author and I have a favorite band in common. I’ve learned that authors are REAL people and not some aloof mystical being way up there in the clouds too famous to need to hear my words of love for their book. It’s really enhanced my reading experience in some ways to be able to speak with an author about their book and how it made me feel and to get to know them and hear their story. Sometimes the accessibility to authors CAN be a bad thing but I’ve really only had extremely positive experiences. I think the only negative is that if I know they follow me and I’m not enjoying their book. I hate that they will have to see that. I don’t tweet them or alert them to it but I can’t help if they see it. It makes me feel self conscious/bad though.
If you are a blogger — had you met authors prior to blogging? Did you interact with them before you were a blogger? Has the accessibility of social media made you ever feel self conscious about an author being able to easily see that you didn’t like their book? If you aren’t a blogger — have you met authors and gone to signings? Do you talk to them on social media? For everyone — Tell me about your experience meeting/talking to authors! Has it been positive? Did anyone else have any of the same myths that I did about authors — that they were inaccessible,that they were rich and famous, etc. Has being able to chat with authors easily about your book enhanced your reading experience?
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