ISALYS: Are you kidding?! There are few things in this world (at least as far as I'm concerned) that are cooler than being able to say "Oh, I got to meet Cassandra Clare and Carrie Ryan" or "Kate Pearce and Stacia Kane tweeted me". And I so totally have fan-girl moments. I try to keep it cool most of the time but there are a few authors like Gail Carriger, Gena Showalter, Sarah MacLean and Jeaniene Frost that if I'm lucky enough to meet, expect very loud & prolonged squeals from me!
VANESSA: OMG YESSSSS! I can never believe it when I meet an author and they actually talk to me.They're my rock stars! I think it's awesome when an author emails us or tweets us b/c it's like "They know we exist. OMG, THEY. KNOW. WE. EXIST!" lol
- Isalys & Vanessa at Book Soulmates
Establishing relationships with authors is like the icing on the cake. Talk about amazing conversations! I’ve become friends with a few and I am thankful for their friendship. It’s another part of blogging that I’d say just happens. Fan girl? YES! Lol It does happen. I jump up and down, giggle like crazy and it all happens in the privacy and comfort in my own home. You should all be thankful that it happens behind closed doors too. How can someone who loves to read not have fan girl/boy moments with authors? I mean they are the rock stars when it comes to books.
- Lisa at A Life Bound by Books
The best relationships with authors are the ones that just 'sorta happen.' You have a bookish discussion somewhere (Twitter, on the blog) and it happens naturally. The only fangirl moment I had was when Margaret Atwood tweeted another blogger I know and I nearly fell out of my chair: "Dude, Margaret Atwood spoke to you!" And was totally jealous. :)
- Chris at Chrisbookaram
YES! I love chatting with authors about their books. It's easier to have a relationship with authors now because of social networking. There are several whom I've never met, but consider friends. I have fan-girl moments ALL the time. Some are super embarrassing - one that sticks out is meeting Scott Westerfeld.
- Jennifer at YA Book Nerd
I usually only establish relationships with authors after I've read their book and loved it. I don't like to get too close to authors beforehand because I don't want to be swayed in my reviews, and I can't stand writing a negative review about an author's book if I know them personally. I've definitely had some fan-girl moments. When Melissa Marr tweeted that she recognized me from my videos, that was squeal-worthy!
- Andye from Reading Teen
I am still a little new to the whole review scene. I still feel a little shy when talking to authors even if it’s only on Twitter! However, once I get over the initial awkwardness of it all, I have been able to connect with some pretty amazing writers (published & the not-quite-published-yet). As for fan-girl/boy; all the time! I try not to bug them through blogs/twitter/e-mail but if you ever read my reviews, that’s all you need. I can gush about certain authors for days.
- Katelyn at Kayelyn’s Blog
While on tour for my own novel, The Thirteenth Chime, I had a few fan-girl moments when authors would come up to me and had read my novel. I swear there were a few times I thought I was going to faint! It is just so amazing to have read a novel by an author and find out that they have read yours too!
- Emma at Emma Michaels
I think all book bloggers have those "fan" moments, and establishing a relationship with an author that you love is one of those moments. The first time they reply to your tweet, leave a comment on your blog, or ask you for a review is a moment that most book lovers never forget.
- Theresa at Fade Into Fantasy
I LOVE to establish relationships with authors. To me, an avid reader, authors are superstars. If an author acknowledges my existence, whether it's through my blog, Facebook, or Twitter, I'm in heaven! So, yes. I've definitely had several fan-girl moments.
- Raenice at Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Publication
I have never really established any relationships with any authors, occasionally talked a tad with a few. I hope to in the future gain a friendship with a few, but I don't want to end up being one of them people who try far to hard.
- Kayleigh at OnceUponABookNerd
I don’t think I’ve really had any “fan-girl” moments yet, as I haven’t ever attended a book signing event. (YA authors, Canada is very friendly, come to Vancouver! :D) But I am thrilled whenever an author replies to me on Twitter or comments on my blog!
- Danya at A Tapestry of Words
Oh sure! I think we all have fan-girl moments (unless you’re a guy in which case fan-boy moments) I've been friends with authors or rather am friends with authors and I do enjoy it but something I've learned is that I don't like stepping on eggshells. So when I talk to authors about reviewing a book I don't get really friendly or fan-girly until after I’ve read the book because then I don't feel so crappy if I didn't like the book so much. I think its awesome talking to authors though. Especially when it's someone you really admire. The other day I got an e-mail from Julia Hoban about a review of Willow I wrote last year and it was just such a cool feeling because she's an author I really admire.
- Khadija at Black Fingernail Reviews
I do love to establish relationships with authors. The majority of the authors I have spoken to are amazing and generous. The best moments I have had as blogger have been when an author has emailed me thanking me for a review.
- Grace at Books Like Breathing
Yes though I have mainly done this through Twitter and writing forums rather than blogs so far. But I've just signed up for April's Blogging A-Z Challenge so that may change.
- Kirsty from Kirstyes
No, but I'm starting to work on that. I had a fan-girl moment when I got to meet and talk to all the ladies on the Breathless Reads Tour - they were all great!
- Michelle at Hooked on Books
I don't think I have an established relationship with any one author. But, I've chatted with quite a few. I love that and have definitely had fan girl moments. It's been great to learn that authors are just like me.
- Page at One Book at a Time
- Page at One Book at a Time
I like to establish relationships with authors who have written books I am very passionate about. I like being able to set up interviews and guest posts with authors so that my readers can have a variety or blog posts to read, not just reviews. I think this can broaden my readership.
-JL at An Avid Reader's Musings
-JL at An Avid Reader's Musings
I don't really reach out to be friends with authors. I tend to prefer to keep it that way because becoming friends with an author can go both ways. I notice many who are friends with authors, but I always think to myself what do you do when you don't like their book and have to review it? It's fine for people who don't write negative reviews and for those who can gush abut a book when they hated it, but I am not one of them. So, it's just easier for me to keep my distance and avoid all that messy drama. It depends though, although it hasn't happened to date -- in the near future I might be willing to put aside the potential consequences due to really connecting with an author. Regarding fan- girly/boy moments I have had them on the rare occasion. For instance; when Jay Asher joined twitter and I interviewed him that was a moment for me because I have spent years trying to figure Hannah out, trying to come to terms with her story, and then here I was for the first time meeting the man who had told me her story. Who made me fall completely in love with it. The Second time was when the author of two of my most well loved books being The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns emailed me back. When you love something as much as I love those books, as much as I look up to the author you can't help but beam and have that moment to yourself where you want to run around the room and dare I say FIST PUMP like crazy!
- Aly at Fantasy4eva
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