Guest Post by Lynne Silver: Silence Isn’t Always Golden (eBook giveaway, too!)
The old adage about saying nothing unless you have something nice to say, doesn’t always work when it comes to authors and their books.
I’ll give you an example. I was at a cousin’s wedding a few months ago, and a distant relative came up to me and said, “Hey, I read your book.” Then nothing. Silence.
I smiled and told her I hoped she enjoyed it, and got away as fast as I could. Apparently, I am not alone in having that happen. People, don’t leave an author hanging. If your next sentence, isn’t “I read your book. It was awesome.” LIE. Find SOMETHING to say!
Let’s brainstorm some good things to say together.
IDEA 1: I read your book…And I loved your cover.
ANALYSIS: This is a tricky area. Authors don’t have a lot of input into their cover. You could, for example, end up with a cover with a three-armed heroine. (True story. See Christina Dodd). Or you could, in the case of my book, Heated Match, end up with a very hot cover (How adorable is my cover model?), but I’ve had my share of blah covers.
IDEA 2: I read your book….What a sweet dedication.
ANALYSIS: Nice. Make sure there was in fact a dedication and make sure the author is still friends with/married to/agented by the named honoree. In Heated Match, I dedicated it to my husband who has been endlessly supportive of my writing. But I can’t tell you how many dedications I’ve read where the author is separated from the person in the dedication. Check your facts.
IDEA 3: I read your book…I loved when…(name a scene)
ANALYSIS: This is great because you showed you did read the book. Be ready to talk about it. In endlessly excruciating detail. Authors can talk, and sometimes forget not everyone wants to talk POV or tension and pacing. I mean, if someone came up to me and told me they love the scene when my hero Adam gets locked in a room with his genetic match, Loren, I’d be thrilled. I may also talk your ear off about my process for writing and rewriting the scene. Be ready to have an escape excuse at the ready.
IDEA 4: I read your book…I loved it.
ANALYSIS: Obviously, in the interest of friendship and family, you lied. That’s okay; we all do it, right? I mean, in my case, how could you help loving Heated Match? It’s got genetically enhanced soldiers, DNA matching, hot sex and true love. (Am I quoting Princess Bride, yet?) But in the off chance, it wasn’t your thing, but you tell me otherwise, beware! If you tell an author you loved her book, she may ask you to 1) write a review on Amazon 2) Facebook about it 3) tell your friends 4) put you on her mailing list for every book she writes until the end of time.
(Disclosure: This is for face-to-face author meetings only. Go ahead and trash the heck out of me online. It’s a free country.)
Now it’s your turn. What would you tell an author if you read her book and didn’t love it?
The best answer (as determined by MOI) gets one free EBook (PDF) of HEATED MATCH. But beware, if you love my book, I will ask you to write a review on a book site, tell your friends, join my mailing list…
A lead byline and a cover story were what journalist Loren Stanton wanted most. Until she meets genetically enhanced soldier, Adam Blacker. Team leader of a top-secret covert ops group, Adam never wanted to search for his genetic match, but whenever he gets close to Loren, things turn hot quickly, making him forget every reason he had for retaining his bachelor status.
After a scorching night together, neither is in any doubt they are connected at the DNA-deep level, although both fear the high stakes of what it means to be together. Loren gives Adam two weeks to prove he is bred for more than war. He must show he is coded for love.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Lynne Silver lives the life of a suburban soccer mom, volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.
Remember, for your chance to win a PDF copy of HEATED MATCH from Lynne, leave your answer to her question in a comment:
What would you tell an author if you read her book and didn’t love it?
Lynne will choose the best answer to be the winner of her book. Entries will be accepted until 7/30/2012 @ 11:59 pm EST. 18+ only, please. Good luck!