As those of you who follow me on twitter know, I learned a lot at 4th North American Historical Novel Society Conference in San Diego last month (see—I didn’t just spend my time drinking in the hotel lobby).  I even had a number of “ah ha” moments.

One of those happened early on, when a publishing industry insider said, “The author to reader connection is closer than it has ever been.”  Now admittedly this was a bit more of a “duh” moment than an “ah ha” moment as it was happening because if there is one thing a writer knows (even a newbie like me) it’s that in this era of social-media we are expected to network with our potential readers.  But knowing something being able to act on it effectively isn’t always the same thing.

What does it mean to “be accessible to our readers?”  How can we turn the monologue (I blog, I tweet, I facebook, therefore I am) into a dialogue?  How can I improve your experience—of this website and ultimately of my book?

It was while thinking about these questions that the “ah ha” bit happened (or more precisely while thinking about these questions and not coming up with any clever answers) —ask readers.  AH HA!!!

 So, what do you think?  What would you like to read about here in blog-land?  What do you like about this place and what needs some improving?  Do you follow me on twitter, and, if so, how would you whip @lit_gal into shape if you were given access to a whip?  What can I or should I be doing to improve your experience as a reader (of this blog and soon, I hope, of The Sister Queens)?

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2 Responses to “Up Close and Personal (sorry for the coffee breath)”

  1. Hi Sophie!

    I am not on Twitter but I do follow you on Facebook and I think you are doing a great job there of connecting with your upcoming readers! I love reading little snippets of an author’s upcoming book, having the author keep us informed of their writing and publishing process and just telling us a little bit about their life along the way. This does make me feel more connected to an author (as silly as that might sound) and it does make reading their books more enjoyable (you feel like you are reading the book of a “friend”). I hope that helps!

    Colleen

    • It does indeed help. I suddenly wish, however, that I was doing more exciting things :) I made an air port run at 4:15 a.m. this morning but BELIEVE me that was NOT exciting.

      Actually though, I am currently trying to transition from the very strong narrative voices of my 13th century sisters to the protagonist in my new work (set 300 years later). Perhaps I will do a blog post about that challenge.

      Thanks for your input!

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