Aside from the wonderfully supportive community, amazing friends and gorgeous review copies, for me, one of the best things about book blogging is the overwhelming response from authors when you love their work and the idea for this post come about after a very enthusiastic Twitter conversation surrounding Holly Martin’s new book, One Hundred Proposals the other day.
I’m sure you’ve all had your own individual experiences but this seemed like an appropriate example of the kind of thing I’m talking about. I’ve read this book and it was incredible and as you can tell by the Twitter conversation, other people have thought so too. Although this is quite an exaggerated example because we’re all fairly friendly with Holly and other authors we won’t be, the enthusiasm and love for Holly and this book is almost palpable. It’s one of the most heart-warming things to see a group of bloggers all come together and enthuse over the same book because that’s the reason we’re all doing this right? For our shared love of books? And for an author to appreciate that and share our excitement, well, that’s just the icing on top of the very yummy cake.
It takes a long time to read and review a book accurately, especially when we have other commitments too like work, school, university, husbands and children but we make time for this because we’re so passionate about books and stories and finding new authors so when an author re-tweets our review or replies to us when we’re raving on about how amazing their book it, it really can make our day because it shows that what we’re doing is all worth while.
I absolutely love tweeting about the books I read and I always make a point to tag the author (if they have Twitter) in my review in the hope that they’ll read it and maybe even possibly reply. Then when they do, it’s a great feeling! Obviously I’m not talking about the likes of J.K Rowling and John Green who are far too busy and have far too many followers to keep up with but authors who take an active part in supporting and getting to know book bloggers. We know your busy writing more fantastic books and we know you probably can’t reply to every single tweet you get but it really does mean the world to us when you do. So keep doing what you’re doing and thanks for being awesome.