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How To Approach An Author – Dos and Don’ts

How To Approach An Author – Dos And Don’ts

By

Rebecca Besser

 

Most writers/authors aren’t jerks, but they can come across as jerks on social media.

Why?

Because most writers/authors aren’t sitting around waiting for someone to randomly message/contact them on social media. They’re writing, dealing with their family life, and basically just living as human beings. Writers/authors may seem like magical creative creatures that live in an alternate reality where things are much more beautiful and artistic, but they live on planet Earth and have the same issues as other people: they have kids, spouses, get sick, have doctor appointments, run errands, etc.

Add on top of that real life stuff that they deal with constant deadlines and they’re trying to fit all the normal life stuff around their writing time. Or their writing time around all the normal life stuff. The last thing writers/authors need is someone who contacts them out of the blue asking a bazillion questions about writing.

So, when you get ignored or shut down by terse responses, know that the writer/author isn’t out to be a jerk. We do try to be polite. We do like our fans. We do want to encourage you. We do want to hear about what you think of our books (in a nice way—no one likes rude assholes).

Note: We do love to hear from people who love our stuff; it encourages us. And one of the absolute best ways to do so is to write reviews for our books and post them (Amazon or Goodreads are good places to post). If you just message us and tell us, that’s great too, but reviews are like giving a writer/author a surprise present. We love them. And they help with sales and our careers, which means the world to us. Reviews are the best way to show your favorite writer/author support.

And since that’s all true for those of us who aren’t really jerks (there are some that really are), here are three ways for you to get information from your favorite writer/author without coming across like a needy time-sucker that can’t make an appointment:

 

  • Write and send an email. Most have blogs or websites with at least a contact page. This would allow the writer/author the opportunity to get back to you when they have time. Most will.
  • Ask the writer/author to write a blog post about what you’d like to know. Chances are, other people out in the world would love to hear what the writer/author has to say too.
  • Ask the writer/author for book recommendations or resources about writing where the information you’re seeking is already available. There are many. Chances are, if you look around, you’ll find some helpful stuff on your own.

 

Please keep in mind that unless you know the writer/author personally and they’ve said to hit them up sometime with your questions, that it’s not okay to expect them to be available when you randomly contact them. They don’t live on your schedule. You need to give them time to respond to things like messages/emails without bugging them constantly.

I know it can be hard. I know you sometimes feel a connection over the writer/author’s work…but the writer/author doesn’t know you personally. They aren’t your best friend, but you can possibly become friends if you show restraint and respect in how you contact and try to communicate with them.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Halloween Blitz

It’s finally October, which means…Halloween (what I like to call Horror Christmas).

For all you Halloween and horror lovers out there, I’m once again hosting Halloween Blitz.

What is Halloween Blitz? Its a blog event I started last year where I share with you books, authors, and stories from the horror genre. There might even be a giveaway mixed in. 😉

I hope you’ll enjoy the posts and get into the Halloween Spirit with me by following along! You might just find a new author or book to love, or a short story that you can share with your friends to creep them out.

Welcome to Halloween Blitz!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2019

Blind Date a Book – Speed Date Ebooks

It’s not too late to Blind Date a Book! Not at all!

It might be close to the end of Valentine’s Day, but you still have a chance to fall in love with that perfect book because you can instantly download an ebook and speed date a book!

Yes, you can instantly be paired up for a night of bliss!

Here are direct links to all the Blind Date a Book event book posts, where you can click your way to speed dating and find the ebook that’s perfect for you:

Book #1

Book #2

Book #3

Book #4

Book #5

Book #6

Book #7

Book #8

Book #9

Book #10

Book #11

Book #12

Book #13

Book #14

Book #15

Book #16

Book #17

Book #18

Book #19

Book #20

Book #21

Book #22

Book #23

Book #24

 

I hope you fall in love with at least one of the 24 books in the Blind Date a Book event, but it’s okay to play the field and love more than one. The great thing about books is that they don’t get jealous!

Thank you for participating. I hope you fell in love.

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.

Blind Date a Book – Book #24

-Novella
-Series Book #3
-Horror
-Drama
-Zombie

A man earned a full ride to college, and thought he was finally free of the small farming town he’d grown up in. But when his mother calls to tell him his father passed away, he gets sucked back into the life he’d escaped.

He heads home to help his mother, just biding his time until he could leave again.

But on his way there the zombie apocalypse shreds society around him, and his plans change.

Unfortunately his girlfriend is trapped inside a city, and he takes it upon himself to rescue her…after he has lost everything.

His plans change quickly when he’s forced to find a safe place for his own survival. There he’s offered a future, built on the past he tried so hard to be free of for most of his life.

 

Click here to Blind Date this Book!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Blind Date a Book – Book #23

-Novel
-Series Book #3
-Supernatural
-Horror
-Thriller
-Noir
-Crime Thriller

This can’t be happening. Not now. I mean come on, I may be a short, balding guy with a thick waistline, but I’ve also got pockets full of money. This is the time of my life, for crap’s sake. Can this really be happening? I swear as I was dragged up to the coffin, I saw my dead father-in-law in the corner of the room, his fingers crusted with dirt and dried roses and he was clutching that damned contract he made me sign in my own blood. I’m guessing he dug himself out of his grave.

So now here I am, lying in another man’s casket. I think that monster cut off my thumb before slamming the lid shut. I must be bleeding, but I can’t lift my arm to check. And now I hear the furnace firing up. Wait a minute… is that crackling I hear? My toes are burning.

If you enjoy Twilight Zone-like books, you will enjoy this noir novel. With snarky characters, ironic circumstances, and dark humor horror, this book will keep you enthralled, page after page. One reviewer has even asked, “how can a book so funny be so frightening?” This is a “can’t resist reading it” book.

 

Click here to Blind Date this Book!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Blind Date a Book – Book #22

-Novella
-Series Book #2
-Horror
-Drama
-Zombie

A young woman is merely trying to deal with the social ups and downs of high school when the boy she likes finally asks her out…to sneak out of school for lunch.

While they’re out and about, things take a down turn and she finds out the cute boy that held her attention doesn’t live up to what she thought he’d be.

Unfortunately, the zombie apocalypse is shredding society as she knows it, and her family.

When she gets home, things go from a horrible day, to the day of her very nightmares. Luckily she’s saved and what’s left of her family heads for the safe zone where they learn things that blow their minds and challenge their future.

 

Click here to Blind Date this Book!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Blind Date a Book – Book #21

-Novella
-Series Book #1
-Horror
-Drama
-Zombie

A young man who doesn’t like to follow the rules of society decides to skip school, smoke pot, and play video games.

It’s all good until no one comes home. His family has gone missing and there’s news of craziness on the TV.

He finds himself in the zombie apocalypse…but it isn’t quite what he expected.

During his struggle for survival, he runs across others. They join forces and head to a possible safe place that forces him to face what he hated about the society that’s in shambles.

 

Click here to Blind Date this Book!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Blind Date a Book – Book #20

-Short Story Collection
-Horror
-Zombie

Zombies, zombies, zombies!

Twelve zombie tales of all shapes and sizes hide within the pages of this book. They will frighten, delight, amuse, and gross you out!
There’s something from every zombie lover in this book…if you’re brave enough!

 

Click here to Blind Date this Book!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Blind Date a Book – Book #19

-Novel
-Series Book #2
-Supernatural
-Horror
-Thriller
-Crime Thriller

Making deals with the devil is a dangerous business.

A homicide detective’s first case on the job plunges him into a world occupied by the devil’s henchmen and their victims. Wheeling over this turn of events, the detective finds himself questioning everything he has ever believed in. And then, out of the blue, he finds himself in the presence of an angel who offers help along with a little something to help him when things get worse.

Soon the detective discovers an even bigger threat to his existence… one of the henchmen is threatening his friends and family. How will he be able to save everyone?

You’ll love how this novel reads like a mish-mash of the best scenes from the Godfather saga and the Exorcist. It is not your mama’s lullaby. Pick it up, and you will be reading far into the night. Come check it out!

 

Click here to Blind Date this Book!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Blind Date a Book – Book #18

-Novella
-Young Adult
-Coming of Age
-Drama
-Scifi
-Medical
-Military

A young man is being forced into a military life he doesn’t want and doesn’t think he’s cut out for. But, he’s the son of the man running the space mining/military base where he lives. He doesn’t have the options he thinks he should.

A young woman comes to the base for the schooling provided there and captures the attention of the young man.

He becomes caught up in her mission to save someone she loves, even though that means bending and breaking a few rules. But, along the way, he finds out he’s military material after all.

Together they discover more than they bargained for, and opportunities open up for them both.

 

Click here to Blind Date this Book!

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser, 2019. All rights reserved.