Like most authors, I get my fair share of emails (or Facebook messages) from readers.
Most of the emails are positive and encouraging. I love hearing how God is at work in my stories to touch lives. The affirmation is truly a blessing (and I know my fellow authors here on this blog would agree!).
Occasionally I get emails regarding typos. Thankfully my editors are pretty good and there aren’t many mistakes. But I always pass along to my publisher any errors those keen-eyed readers spot. I’ve even added a few of those really sharp editorial-type readers to my “First Readers” list for my independently published books. After the indie book has gone through a couple of professional edits, I pass the book along to my First Readers who use their gift to spot any overlooked mistakes.
Sometimes I get emails from readers regarding suggestions for future stories. It’s fun to hear ideas and to know that readers loved characters so much that they’re not ready to say good-bye.
As a matter of fact, such reader emails were helpful last summer as I was attempting to figure out what direction to go next with my Young Adult (YA) books. I’d recently published the third book in a medieval YA series, For Love & Honor, and had begun working on a new medieval YA series.
When things didn’t come together for the new series quite the way I’d planned, I floundered, uncertain how to proceed. During that time of wondering, I received a couple of emails from young readers who’d just finished For Love & Honor and wanted to know if I was working on another book in the series.
One of the emails said: I just finished reading For Love and Honor and enjoyed it a great deal. I was wondering though if you’ll be writing a book about Aldric. I was hoping that while working off his debt to Lord Pitt he too could find love again and get his happy ending.
The feedback from those readers was just the nudge I needed. I got right to work writing A Loyal Heart, giving Aldric a happily-ever-after. While it’s the fourth book in my Uncertain Choice series, the story stands alone. Even though Aldric shows up in the previous book as a minor character, his story in A Loyal Heart is separate and complete in itself.
So, dear readers, your feedback DOES make a difference! While authors obviously can’t take every suggestion to heart, you just never know how God might use your ideas, affirmation, and feedback to encourage an author!
What about YOU? Have you ever considered how your feedback and suggestions could bless an author?
P.S. I’m currently adding a few new influencers to my YA Launch Team. Influencers are readers who are excited about helping authors promote their books. If you like YA, sweet romances, and/or medieval stories, and enjoy helping spread the word about Christian fiction, then send me an email about the possibility of joining my team: firstname.lastname@example.org
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