Hi there and welcome to my second post for the 2014 Armchair BEA. Armchair BEA is an online event held annually held at the same time as Book Expo America in New York. It’s a chance for bloggers who can’t attend the event to participate in an online convention. I participated in 2012 and enjoyed the chance to meet other book bloggers from all around the world who I don’t normally get the chance to interact with. You can learn more about Armchair BEA by checking out the official website.
Each day there are a couple of different topics for participants to blog about which is a great way to mix things up and see what other people are talking about within the book blogging world.
Today’s topic: Author Interaction.
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 love getting the chance to meet with authors. I’m not sure I ever come across as much more than a speechless fangirl but I enjoy meeting them nonetheless. I try to go to as many author signings and events as I can.
I find that meeting authors gives me a new appreciation of their work. There have been a few authors who I have little interest in their books but after hearing them talk about their characters and stories I have rushed out and bought their novels. I met Paula Weston at Literarti 2013 on the Gold Coast and before attending I’d never heard of her before. But that day saw me returning home with a signed copy of Shadows and I’ve been hooked on the series ever since. I would never have picked up a copy if I hadn’t seen her speak because I’m not a fan of series revolving around Angels but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it out.
Since starting blogging I’ve interacted a lot more with authors online. Getting the chance to interview authors and ask them things I’ve been curious about after reading their books is something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do. Also, I get a little starstruck when authors favourite, retweet or tweet me back.
I’m surprised at how open and friendly most authors I’ve interacted with have been. I understand that being cordial and pleasant is in their interest but I’ve found that so many authors go above and beyond. They seem genuinely interested in what I have to say and as someone who has loved their work – it means a lot.
There are the occasional stories I’ve read about where I see drama surrounding an author and their reactions to online reviews or certain nastiness but luckily I’ve not been directly involved in any situation like that and my interactions with authors have been of the positive variety.
I’d love to hear about your memorable interactions with authors. Have your experiences, like mine, been mostly positive or do you have some negative stories to tell? Do you have any tips or suggestions for bloggers/readers wanting to interact with authors?