Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In My Mailbox on Monday

Because of the internet authors are able to keep in closer touch to their readers than ever before. I liken this contact to the days of old, where you could write to the likes of Mark Twain and get a response, or you would write to Patrick Bronte saying what a fan you were of Charlotte's and he'd send you a bit of a letter he had cut up so you could have a little something of hers. Only now it's much more immediate. Whether through social networking websites like facebook or twitter, or more book oriented sites like goodreads, or even the author's personally run site, the internet is making reader author communication more possible than ever before. I love authors who have wonderful websites and are willing to go that extra mile for fans. From message boards to book extras to competitions, if an author does a little something extra they are sure to keep their fans interested.

From time to time I will highlight these authors who go above and beyond. The author I'm lauding today is Laurie Viera Rigler who has written the Austen themed Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, about a modern woman thrown into the past, and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, about the parallel story of what happened to the girl who was thrown from the past into the future. Fun, cute reads from an author who knows how to use the internet. Not only is she a goodreads author, she has a wonderful website with such fun items as Austen, "Signs of Addiction" to quizzes and games and movie trailers. But what I found really wonderful is, if you aren't able to make it to her signings, but really would like your book inscribed, she offers signed bookplates, now how cool is that? I got mine in the mail on Monday morning, with bonus postcards! So go check out her site and perhaps find a new favorite author.


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