Confession: I don’t really get a lot of fan reactions beyond reviews and private emails telling me what I did wrong. On the plus side, I still find out when some people reach the end of Prodigy of Rainbow Tower. For those that got to the end of that, you probably know what I’m getting yelled at for. Guess the emails count as Fan Mail. Anyway, it means I really don’t know too much about these special rewards. In truth, I see other authors get these and sit there wondering if it will ever happen to me. Not so much jealousy, but a ‘I hope get that one day’ mentality.
That brings me to this ‘reward’ that I rarely see and most times that I do it’s in regards to one specific author. Shannon A Thompson posts when someone on Twitter quotes one of her books. I don’t even know how to explain how this one would make me feel. Not a bad sensation, but I’ve rambled about connections and touching the reader during the other posts. This is something that doesn’t take as much time as the previous honors, but it is very smile-inducing.
It isn’t too hard to figure out why this would be such a great thing for an author. We see quotes by famous authors and characters all over the Internet. Many of those become immortal phrases, so joining those ranks feels like you’ve hit a hidden milestone. Part of your book made such an impact that somebody decided to share it. For some reason, this is a really big thing on Twitter where retweets are common. Especially if a celebrity does the initial quote.
I know this is an odd one since it’s so rare, but that might be what makes it even more special. Truthfully, I don’t know if this can work for everyone. I couldn’t think of any quote from my books that would fit in a 140 character system like Twitter. Maybe a few of the barbs that Nyx and the others throw at Luke when he’s doing something stupid . . . they really let him have it a few times in The Compass Key. Yet those fall out of context, which is important. So it’s really something special when this happens.
This happen to anyone else? Have you ever fallen in love with a quote from a book and used it?