Writers on Writing: Reader Engagement with Annette Dashofy
Several months back, a local award-winning romance author by the name of Gwyn Cready invited me to join her and another local author, thriller writer Rebecca Drake, in an area library tour. Gwyn would make the contacts and check the dates with us to make sure we were all available. It was a no brainer. Of course I said yes!
I’ve done library panels before, but nothing quite like this. Three authors. Three genres. All sharing a single location. Pittsburgh.
Thus began Writing Pittsburgh.
Writers on Writing: Reader Engagement with Cynthia Kuhn
The majority of writers, teachers, and mystery fans I’ve met have one thing in common: we don’t just enjoy reading—we love it. Must read. Can’t imagine a day without it. Those in our tribe know that reading a good book is bliss. So it’s very interesting to consider how differently we all do the same thing.
Some favor routine—a favorite time and location, perhaps with a desirable beverage—as in the show where the elegant gentleman in an armchair beside a roaring fire looks up from his gilded book and sherry to introduce what you are about to watch next. And many people are fond of reading in bed, snuggled under a cozy blanket with a book to send you gently off to dreamland. (Or, if you’re like me—routinely jarred awake when the book falls onto your face—not so gently.)
Writers on Writing: Reader Engagement with Ritter Ames
First, when I say takeaway, I’m not talking Asian food in those cute little paper boxes (though I love Asian food, and now I’m hungry). Sorry if I’ve made you think about eating, but my question is actually regarding what kind of thing you look for—to take away—when you read an author’s blog, book, or Facebook page.
Authors want to connect with fans. We aren’t just trying to make everyone buy our latest books—though our electric companies would really appreciate that—but we want to make an author/reader connection. When fans do notice our names somewhere, we want them to know exactly what our names mean.