|Jacqueline holding Death in Malta|
Authors become attached to their novels, and when readers praise them, they can carry that happy feeling around with them for days. It's because a novel takes a long time to write, edit, and produce. Publishers like to know that the books they invest in and endorse gather a following for them and the author, without whom their business would not exist. An author does not live or work in a bubble: there is an entourage of people whose input is important and who are happy when a book is a success.
So fans are a vital aspect of a writer's life. They confirm that all that work, all that investment of time, money and energy are worth while. When an author receives a picture from a happy fan who has just received a brand new novel, it is an event. I have just received a photo from a reader who was delighted that Death in Malta reached her so quickly after she ordered it. Jacqueline happens to be in Holland, where I enjoy a very nice readership - the Dutch are great readers, in a number of languages, including English of course.
What can readers do for the authors they like? Well, Jacqueline has shown that a photo speaks louder than words. Even a two-word comment on a blog can make someone's day. It only takes a minute. A brief review can be easy to write. A recommendation to another reader is valuable. They are all small gestures that can make a lot of difference.
Make an author feel special today.