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THE COOLEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER!

And, yes, there is one!

Sure, we can work in our pajamas. Sure, (those of us who write full time) can sleep late, especially after pulling an all-nighter. Sure, we can eat a gallon of Cherry Garcia at our desks. But the COOLEST thing about being a writer? Hearing from our readers!

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Even if we’ve only published a short story in an obscure e-zine nobody’s ever heard of, we will probably receive some kind of feedback from a reader. Getting that pat on the back (or that kick in the teeth, whichever direction the letter takes) is a wonderful part of the job. I read and answer all of my reader mail personally, and I hope to be able to continue to do this forever. (I have two amazing assistants who help me with everything EXCEPT reader mail.)

It does get time-consuming, but the way I see it, this person has spent both her money and her time on something I wrote. I am honored and grateful. And we live in an amazing era. Readers have more access to us authors than ever before. This is both a blessing and a curse, as we still have deadlines, and the most important thing the reader really wants from us is the next book, so balance has become a very hot topic in my house. (Did I mention I have two assistants? And, yes, I’m still behind.)

But some of the letters I receive are hilarious. It’s simply a part of this job I refuse to give up. So, just for fun, I thought I’d post some of the comments I’ve received from readers over the years. These are all real and straight out of my inbox.

Here goes!

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“My boss made me read your books!” —Amy

 

“I love your books! I’ve been reading them for about 13 years now!” —Samantha

(I’ve only been published 4 years.)

 

“I had a choice. I could buy your book or take my kid to the movie. I decided on your book. It was a bad decision.” —Gary

 

“I wanted to share [First Grave on the Right] with my aunt, who is my favorite person ever, because I knew she’d love it too! But I couldn’t very well give her MY copy. After all, I held it while peeing, that’s personal.” —Serena

 

“I was reading at lunch and got to the scene were Cookie’s little girl saw Reyes naked right out of the shower. I laughed so hard I was crying and my coworker asked if I was ok. I couldn’t answer so she tried to perform the Heimlich on me.” —Lori

 

“I’m not a huge fan but you do make me laugh. So there’s that.” —Betty

 

“How many books will there be in the series? I need to see a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.” —Tamara

 

“I love Charley. A lot. Mostly I love her boobies.” —MelDownUnder

 

“Do you really drink a lot of coffee? Your books just seem like you drink a lot of coffee.” —BlondeBird

 

“Just wanted to tell you how much I love your books. I usually read intelligent literature, but I like a break every once in a while and your books never let me down.” —Debbie

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Do you see what I mean? Who wouldn’t want a piece of that? Readers are amazing. They can make our days or crush our spirits. It’s really up to us. In reality, about 99.9% of all my reader mail is positive, enthusiastic, and uplifting. I truly am grateful for every letter I receive, even the bad ones. Why? The negative stuff comes in handy when channeling my antagonist. It’s all fodder, baby!

What about you? What insights have you gained from reader comments?

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