Have you ever wanted to tell an author things like, “HOLY SHIT YOUR BOOK IS THE MOST AMAZING THING THAT HAPPENED SINCE I WAS BORN!” but have never had the courage to?
Well then, let me help you with that!
Believe it or not, authors typically don’t feel annoyed when they’re bombarded with love. Most of the time, they’ll even respond and let you know that you’ve totally made their day.
But HOW do you let them know you love them? Here are a few ways you might want to try:
TWEET TO THEM
Personally, my favorite method of contacting authors is to simply tweet to them. And if you don’t have a Twitter account, I highly suggest that you make one.
Most authors are really active on Twitter and will see your tweets, and possibly favorite/retweet/respond. :) You’ll definitely get quicker replies here than you would via email or snail mail!
Just finished THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS by @sarahockler. Go pre-order this book ASAP. So good. Tears & smiles all over the place! <3—
Aimee (@AimeeReads) February 15, 2015
I JUST FINISHED SIMON @beckyalbertalli ASDFGHJKL CUTENESS OVERLOAD—
Aimee (@AimeeReads) March 01, 2015
I just finished @JessVerdi's WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND, and this book is a must-read y'all! Such a brilliant novel. <3—
Aimee (@AimeeReads) April 27, 2015
*You can typically find authors’ Twitter handles by searching for their names on Twitter, or on their Goodreads’ profiles, or on their author websites.
Okay, so maybe your love for a certain author can’t be expressed in just 140 characters. If that’s the case, definitely shoot them an email! You’re less likely to get a response because authors are very busy people, but they appreciate all the emails, I promise!
You can go ahead and list down EVERYTHING you loved about them and their book, maybe even add links to anywhere else you may have expressed your gushing.
*You can find authors’ emails via their author websites.
SEND PERSONALIZED SNAIL MAIL
I’ve never tried this yet, being an international reader and not having the funds to send snail mail all the way to the US, but if I were an author, I would totally cry and smile if I received personalized snail mail.
It just seems more intimate to receive something that’s maybe handwritten and with little doodles and whatnot. :) The length of the message is also pretty relaxed.
*Some authors provide their addresses on their websites, but if they don’t, maybe try asking via email!
If you have some creative bones in you, then consider creating fanart! You don’t know how awesome it is for authors to see their words turn into pictures and real, tangible items!
You can create drawings, posters, Tumblr edits, etc. etc! Let them know via Twitter or anywhere else that you did something for them! I remember that one time I did an edit for Krista and Becca Ritchie…
Aimee (@AimeeReads) December 10, 2014
And I was over the moon when Becca told me it gave her feels!
READ ALL THEIR BOOKS
Okay, maybe the authors won’t know if you actually read their books, but it’s one of the best ways to show support to an author and to prove your love for them!
Plus by doing this, you can totally own that “hardcore fan” title. ;)
REVIEW THEIR BOOKS
Reading all an author’s books is amazing, but reviewing their books is another great way to help, support and love authors.
This is sort of similar to sending them a love-filled email… except that it’s public. And hey, what better way to spread love than to spread it with everyone? Am I right or am I right?
How do YOU show love to authors? OR DO YOU? Have you ever tried doing any of these? Did I miss anything? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.