When Authors Respond

Today I came across an article on Yahoo! about how D.C. Pierson, the author of the YA novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To, responded to a high school student on Yahoo! Answers looking for a summary of his book because she didn’t have “time” to read it before school started.

I feel he responded in a very positive and engaging manner. And I don’t know about you, but I love it when published authors respond back to their readers. Positively, that is. I’m not a big fan of authors who respond negatively, like many have been doing in their blogs and on Goodreads. There are some people who don’t like it when authors respond at all.

So what do you think? Do you like it when authors respond? Where would you draw the line in regards to authors responding to their fans? Many authors comment on blogs, message boards, book reviews on reading websites, and even allow their readers to “friend” them on Facebook. Is this too much or do you think this a good thing?

I, myself, think all of the above is fine, so long as the author doesn’t respond negatively. And when I mean negatively, I am talking about when authors call their readers mean names (something that seems to happen a lot via Goodreads and Twitter). I’ve always been a fan of authors communicating back with their fans and readers. It’s one thing I adore about Stephen King–how he always refers to us, his readers, as his “Constant Readers” at the beginning or ending of some of his books.

I’m adding D.C. Pierson’s book to my to-read list.




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