Welcome to day 2 in Armchair BEA. Did everyone have a crazy day yesterday? I literally didn’t leave my computer apart from getting food, drinks, going to the bathroom and then picking up my son at the bus stop.
Today’s topic is:
Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger.
I think one of the best things about being a reader or blogger is being able to interact with authors both in real life and online. We all want to have some kind of connection with the author and the book.
I don’t ever recall a time when I met an author were I was in total shock of meeting them. I have always gone in with the mentality of they are human too. They do the same things I do. I don’t know if that’s because I hold authors in a different light then I do with celebrities. Perhaps I have met more authors then celebrities. I don’t know. Does that make sense?
Living in Canada especially Quebec we don’t get alot of the big name authors like Toronto does which is really crap because Toronto gets some totally amazing ones especially as of late but when they do come I try to get out to attend along with some local bloggers I know.
I usually don’t have a lot of fan girl moments during my blogging years but I have to tell you I still get very excited when an author leaves me a comment on a post or quickly sends me an email. I mean how can you not get excited? The author has not only visited your blog but they took the time out to comment or email as well. How thrilling is that?
The only other time I have literally squealed with delight was when I went to the Lesley Livingston signing (click on this text to see my write up) and we were talking and she made the comment about knowing my blog. To actually hear an author say that to me was so well worth blogging. It just goes to show you never know who is watching you.
I think the only tip I can truly offer you the reader is authors are human. They eat, sleep, watch tv, read, listen to music etc. They are just like you and I. There is no need to fear them, they don’t bite at least I don’t think they do 🙂 and alot of the time you will be surprised at how approachable they really are. They love talking to their readers.
16 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2014/ Author Interaction #3”
Yesterday was insane! Insane! I spent so much time reading posts and commenting and visiting and Twittering. I had so many page views, I think I heard my server groan. And I am the type of blogger that tries to reply to every comment someone leaves me. I also TRY to return to see if people have replied to comments I have left them, but sometimes I fail at that, as well.
I live in an area where authors don’t tend to visit, because Orlando is like an hour away, but because I don’t drive I can never go to Orlando, so I always miss out on signings and events and such. But I have interacted with some on twitter, and it always awes me at how .. Well, normal they all are.
Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader
Lisa, I literally got nothing done yesterday and it was only day one of Armchair BEA LOL so today I have decided that I will post my link of the site (armchair bea) and make it a point to comment on the ones who have commented on my blog first and then pick and choose who I will comment on. I think I might make a running list and try and visit someone new each day. Its hard to keep up when there is over 200 links
Quebec, so near, but yet so far. Out in NS I know there’s no chance of meeting anyone. I’ll have to go to BEA and do it all at once.
Chris I know what you mean. I remember when I lived in NB and no one ever came that way… i thought once I moved here I would have more of a chance but now it seems like i need to move to Ontario LOL yes you have to do BEA once at least before it moves from NYC
But they’re SO intimidating, LOL. And I can’t even imagine meeting an author I admire and her/him being familiar with my blog. I would have squealed with delight too.
Jessica @ Rabid Reads
Don’t be intimidate by them. Its all good authors love us just as much as we love them 🙂
I’ve met quite a few authors and have been excited to meet those I felt like I already knew, if that makes sense.
Makes perfect sense
An author has never disappointed me (so far!) Too bad authors don’t always make it to Quebec, but I see the same problem here…for some reason publicists think the US stops at the Atlantic Seaboard! We don’t get as many authors here in Texas as I wish.
I have only been disappointed in one author with her behavior at the signing and swore I would never read her books again
I can empathize… I love an hour from Toronto and still miss out.
Not exactly close enough to make it worth the while to go. I am like that when they go down town Montreal because I live in the burbs (about 30 minutes on a good traffic day) I usually don’t go downtown for them just because that would mean driving to the metro station, paying for park, paying to get on metro there and back it just doesn’t seem worth it for me. Unless it was someone I really really really wanted to see then I would go LOL
If an author told me that they know my blog, I would probably swoon right there! That is so cool!
I was thrilled and shocked because she is a big name in authors… honestly I was thrilled and tried to act like a grown up but inside I was screaming like a little kid 🙂
This: “authors are human” — excellent advice.