By Jamie Hill
This is one of those topics that made me stop and go, "Huh?" What would I like to tell my fans? Well, gee. I have lots of fans: ceiling fans, whole house/attic fans, stand fans...I got fans, baby. I guess I'd like to tell them to go dust themselves.
Oh, wait. I suppose that's not quite what Jude had in mind when she chose this topic. Okay, what would I like to tell the people who read and enjoy my books? I dunno. Thanks?
The thing is, with the Yahoo online community, I feel like I have the opportunity to talk to my 'fans' every day. I can post as little or as often as I like, and there's usually someone out there to agree with my rant, to chuckle with me, or give me a pat on the back when I've done something pat-worthy.
It's another feeling, indeed, when people think I suck (and not in a good way.) There's one blogger out there (probably more than one, but one I've read) who thinks my writing is crap. She keeps reading my books, and keeps calling them crap. (Go figure?) Honey, if you're buying them, I guess you can say whatever you like. It stings, sure, but taste is subjective. I've tried to develop a thick enough skin so every bad review doesn't give me the shakes like that first one did.
I remember the first day I was blog hopping and stumbled onto a conversation about one of my books. They author and her commentors were talking about my stuff. Not some big, famous author, me. Some of them liked my book, some were so-so, but they were discussing the merits of my work, not me personally, which I thought was great. There are too many bloggers out there who make personal attacks on other people. It makes me sad, and I don't choose to comment or go that route.
Bottom line, if I could say anything I wanted to my fans, it would definitely have to be thanks for your support. Please feel free to spread the word if you like something I've written. If you didn't like it, I accept constructive criticism every day from 12:00 to 12:03 a.m.
Seriously, anyone who has a question for me, or would like to request an excerpt, can find me at one of two Yahoo groups daily:
Books We Love Spice Readers
Stop by and say hey!