Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Blogger Hop No. 42: Contact With Authors

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What to Do

1.) Post on your blog answering this week's

Has your contact with authors usually
been in person, via e-mail, social
media, or something else?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

2.)  Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list on Billy's blog.

3.)  Visit other blogs on the list and
comment on their posts. 

4.)  Be sure to find out next week's
question when you visit
Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer!

My Answer

I have met authors through all of the ways  mentioned above; the 'something else' has been through blog tours that I've hosted. Authors have dropped by to thank me for hosting them, and have also commented on how much they liked my post. Not all authors do this, unfortunately, but the real nice ones do. 

I have interviewed quite a few authors as part of blog tours (check out my "Author Interviews" tab, beneath my header).   I have always tried to ask interesting questions, and have gotten very interesting answers from several authors.

Usually, I'll 'meet' an author that's new to me through a blog tour. If they don't comment on my tour post, though, there will probably be no further contact between us. If they do comment, then I will follow their blog and Twitter page, as well as like their Facebook page. 

I rarely meet authors in person, but it has happened. For instance, in July, 2011, I met YA authors Maggie Stiefvater   and Meg Cabot at a book signing in South Florida. It was at a bookstore named "Books and Books". I bought Forever from Maggie, and Abandon from Meg, and had pictures taken with both of them!  You can access that post HERE.

Maggie Stiefvater and I

Meg Cabot and I 
At the 2013 Miami International Book Fair, I met YA authors  Kami Garcia, Alex Flinn, and Holly Black, got pics taken with all three, and also bought  signed copies of Beautiful Redemption and Towering.  You can access that post HERE.

Kami Garcia and I

Alex Flinn and I

Holly Black and I

Also, at the 2015 Miami Book Fair, I met  YA author Melissa de la Cruz, who had just released her new title, The Isle of the Lost. I bought the signed book from her. You can access that post HERE.

Melissa de la Cruz and I

I hope to be able to continue meeting authors in any way possible, as I continue my adventures in Book Land!! 


What are your thoughts?
Please leave a comment,
and I'll go check out your post!


  1. Wow, so many great photos! :) Looks like you have met many authors. :)

    Here's mine:

    1. Hi, thete!

      Most of the authors I've met have been featured in my blog tours. But I've been lucky enough to also have attended local book events where these these famous authors appeared

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! :)

  2. Wow! How exciting to meet so many great authors! I really haven't paid attention to author events near me but I definitely need to start! The photos look great and like you're having a good time!

    1. Hi, Katherine!

      It was indeed exciting to meet these well-known YA authors in person!! I definitely had a FABULOUS time at these events, and got several signed copies of these authors' books!!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!! :)

  3. Very exciting to meet the authors. I haven't personally meet any's on my bucket list.
    Sportochick’s Musings Answer

    1. Hi, Teri!

      Oh, it definitely is!! The best part of it all is that these were local events that I was able to attend. They were a LOT of fun!!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! :)

  4. Nice photos...such fun meeting authors.

    Have a great weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

    1. Hi, Elizabeth!

      Yeah, thanks! I have a great cell phone camera! It sure is exciting to meet authors in person!

      Thanks for commenting back!! Have an AWESOME weekend!! :)

  5. Great post as always Maria.

    Book Blogging and other social media outlets are great for connecting with writers. Folks who lived in an earlier era did not get this chance.

    It is really rude for authors not to comment on a Blog Tour Posts. In addition, one would think that these folks would by doing everything possible to promote their work.

    I guess we have both seen some really bad behavior on social media.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Thanks for your kind words!

      Yes, blogging and social media are great places to meet authors!

      I agree - if a blogger is helping promote an author's book through a blog tour, they should at least thank the blogger. But some authors are very nice. I have met some who have thanked me.

      There's all kinds in social media. I know what you mean!

      Thanks for the great comment!! : )

  6. That's so awesome that you have photos of you with all those authors. I never think to take photos. I'm always so nervous to even speak to them in person. LOL

    Regarding book tours, I'm always pleased when an author comments on a blog tour post (unless I have mixed feelings about the book and then I'd rather they didn't even read my review), but I don't expect it. As a result, it really doesn't bother me too much.

    1. Hi, Wendy!

      I didn't use to make sure I got pictures taken when meeting authors. Then I started to! Of course, they make nice mwmories. All of the above pictures are from local book events I was lucky enough to attend!

      Regarding blog tours, it really doesn't bother me when an author doesn't comment on a promo post. If I've written a five-star review, then it DOES bother me. Positive reviews sell books. But not every author fails to acknowledge a positive review. Some of them are indeed very nice, and do so.

      Thanks for commenting!! : )


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