Blog Hop: Author Connections

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you ever get comments from authors when you have posted or tweeted your review?

Despite all those links back to authors’ sites, as far as I know, no author has noticed the link-back. Or at least, they haven’t told me about it! I have sent letters or emails to a few favorite authors, usually mentioning a review, and received lovely letters back.

Gordon Korman seemed happy to get a letter about Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag, commenting that it’s nice to hear a response to one of his older books. Juliet Marillier complimented my review of Wildwood Dancing (and responded to my comment about the “twist” ending). And Geraldine McCaughrean wrote me the best letter ever when I wrote to her about The White Darkness—and mentioned that she had recently had lunch with Richard Morant, the audiobook voice of Titus, and shared my review with him. I had not intended for the comment about “a voice worth following to Antarctica” to reach the original source…but she told me he was “appropriately tickled.” !!

After those kinds of responses, I keep meaning to write more letters to authors (Catherynne Valente, Marissa Meyer and Jim C. Hines all come to mind as recent favorites) but alas, that falls under the category of, if only there was more time

Have you ever had an author respond to a review? Are there favorite authors you’d like to write to?

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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9 Responses to Blog Hop: Author Connections

  1. Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks says:

    It never ever occurred to me to write a letter to an author. I love that idea. It is a great idea even for older books. Love that!

  2. Nyze says:

    Lovely letters sounds so amazing. I only received replies from Twitter and never a comment on the review post itself. I still feel giddy every time 🙂


  3. katarguelles says:

    I’ve had some authors leave comments on my blog post but I mainly get a response from my Tweets. I understand they are busy and it does feel great when they reply. I never thought of writing an author but that is great you’ve received some nice responses from them.

    Have a great week!

    Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More
    My Blog Hop Answer

  4. calmgrove says:

    I often get lovely comments back from Joan Aiken’s daughter Lizza (an author in her own right) when I review a book by her late mother, but not sure that counts!

  5. dianem57 says:

    That’s so cool that the authors respond – and so personally. But then most of them don’t have the vast fan base that movie or music stars do. They can be more responsive. It’s nice to know that many are.

  6. I have had a couple of authors comment on my reviews which I thought was nice. They were mostly authors who had contacted me and sent me their books themselves but one was from a book I got through Netgalley so that was a bit more of a surprise.

  7. I have had a few authors reply or comment and some have even e-mailed. It is exciting.

    You definitely received some terrific feedback.

    ENJOY your reading weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  8. I’ve had it happen a few times and it’s always exciting. I’ve never thought to actually write the author but that’s such a good idea!

  9. Jemima Pett says:

    Most of the blogged reviews I’ve known about have come through a blog tour, and I’ve been active in supporting the blog for that. Recently I got a brilliant review from Carrie Slager, the Mad Reviewer, and she warned me it was coming, so I actively promoted that. If there review is lukewarm, I think I’ve still thanked them for doing it!

    I’ve had a few people like me respond to my reviews of their books too – but again, mostly in tours or people I’ve got to know through blogging.

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