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How To Be a Great Fan

Many of you enjoy reading books but may not really know what an author might be thinking about YOU, the reader, in any given situation. I have gathered these quotes by currently publishing authors. You will notice that occasionally contrasting opinions are expressed. Though they share a lot of commonalities, every author is unique. I have not included the authors' names here so they could speak freely. I hope this gives you some insight on how you can be make a good impression on your favorite authors.

  • I'm very happy when readers recommend my books to others. There's no better way than to increase readership than by word of mouth.
  • Writing is a solitary profession. I'm excited when readers write to tell me how much they love my story and how it may have affected their lives. It makes all the hours at the computer worth the effort.
  • Write to your favorite author and tell them why you loved the book! Writing can be very discouraging and lonely at times. Your kind words might keep a writer motivated to finish that next novel.
  • I love readers who go to Deseret Book, Amazon, or other review sites and leave a positive review because that always helps sell books. I want to hug them and say, "Thank you, thank you!"
  • If a reader doesn't like a book, I hope they calmly state why with valid reasons and examples and not take shots at my character or the entire novel. Saying things like, "This novel stinks, or "What a terrible effort," means nothing except the reader has an axe to grind. How easy it is to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet! Would the reader say the same things face to face? Keep in mind that positive criticism goes a long, long way to helping writers improve, as does pointing out what does work. After all, every novel published by a valid publisher must have some redeeming qualities or it would still be in the slushpile.
  • Saying that an author who writes books about doing charity should give his/her books away for free if they believe what they write makes no sense at all. After all, nurses, doctors, teachers, musicians, orphanage workers, and many others do not donate their services and they are still perceived to be doing good. Writing is a profession and needs to be respected as such. Authors have families to support and even if they wanted to give away books, there's no way they could afford to pay the printer to do so.
  • I'm impressed when a reader tells me she's passed my book to eight cousins and fourteen nieces. I'm even more impressed when a reader says she's bought books to give to all her relatives for Christmas.
  • I'm delighted to have people pass around my books. More readers will eventually mean more people who will love, recommend, and buy my books.
  • Readers may not understand that most authors in the LDS market make between 50 cents and $1.30 in royalties for every book their publisher sells. Many authors only sell between 2,000 and 14,000 books. If an author is lucky enough to earn $10,000 dollars from a book, they would have about $5,000 left after paying taxes (there is a hefty self employment tax) and, of course, making deductions for tithing. That doesn't even factor in expenses which include purchasing books to donate or send for reviews, website maintenance, travel expenses for speaking engagements and signings, paper, ink cartridges, computer equipment, etc.
  • If readers want the quality of LDS literature to continue to rise, they must support LDS authors by buying and recommending good books so the authors can spend more time writing and less time promoting and trying to make ends meet.
  • Most authors are happy to donate books to a worthy cause, but if libraries, schools, readers, and others understood that writers have to buy their own books, they might not be so quick to ask for a donation.
  • Authors receive a very limited number of free books (usually 10-25) from the publisher when their book is first released, and these are saved for immediate family or passed on to people who helped with the book. If there are any copies left, they are generally sent to a reviewer in the hope of gaining publicity. All other copies of the book are always purchased by the author. So if you receive a gift of a free book from an author, please realize that it really is a gift, not something they had lying around their basement.
  • If you really love a book you've read, tell your friends about it! If you love it, they probably will, too.
  • Authors appreciate it when readers drop in at signings and take time to chat. They are even happier when you bring friends to meet them!
  • Coming to a book signing to chat is nice and good, but when they proceed to walk away without buying a book—or say how they borrow every one of your titles from the library—that happy bubble feeling pops. (If they already have all my books, I love hearing about how they enjoyed it!)
  • Hint: Signed books make great gifts for others!
  • Spread the news when you read a book you've enjoyed by inviting the author to your book group or set up an on-line chat with others who have enjoyed or are interested about the book.
  • Readers are the most wonderful people in the world. THANK YOU!