Reviews are nice, but they come with a star rating, grade, or something. This are great to have because they help with the book marketing and bring a smile to the author’s face . . . at least the good ones. Time is taken to write these and post them on Amazon, Goodreads, blogs, etc. We all look forward to that first glowing review or pray that the first one isn’t a shot to the jugular.
Yet there’s something even better than a review. Getting a personal email or letter from someone who read your book. (Again, this is supposed to be about positive messages, so let’s stick to that side of the coin.) There’s something about receiving a letter of praise from a stranger about your book. Even the tone is different because it is meant to be personal unlike the more professional review. You will write things in a fan letter that you wouldn’t put in a review, which makes such a communique rather heart-warming and special.
Such a ‘reward’ is different for every author, but I think it does fall into a unique category. It isn’t business here. It’s personal because your book had such an affect on the reader that they were willing to take the time and effort to write you. You can’t avoid smiling when you get something like that. I’ve had a few, but they came after I had made initial contact with the person for one reason or another. There was one that I had a copy of that was lost when my hard drive died. I do remember grinning at the idea that my story made someone happy. That’s a big goal of mine and a fan letter gives a sense of justification that I’m on the right path.
So, has anyone else received a fan letter about their book? How did you feel?