Armchair BEA 2014: Author Interactions and More Than Just Words



Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger. 

I have a lot of respect for the authors that make the time to interact with readers/bloggers on social media sites. I think it’s super important, and for me personally it makes a big difference in how I view the author. I’m all for authors spreading the word about their latest books, but when I see those that basically only use those platforms to sell it’s kind of a turnoff. 10-15 minutes a day shouldn’t be an impossibility for anyone to connect with the peeps that buy your books and/or help spread the word about them.

I also give gratitude and respect  to those authors who tweet, RT, facebook or website link when a blog takes part in a tour of some kind, or does a promo post that features an author and/or their book. Even a simple thank you is appreciated. And, I’m always really wowed when an author does those things for a fellow author. I try and do the same thing for various authors several times a week mostly from our twitter acct.

More Than Just Words 
There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats? 

Graphic novels are cool, but not something I’m really into. I have 2  from books that are really special to me. I don’t have a vast collection of audiobooks, but I’m certainly more likely to buy one of those for books that I loved reading. My faves are for the Gabriel series, Outlander series, and Thoughtless series.

What are your thoughts on these discussions?

Tamie Xo


5 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2014: Author Interactions and More Than Just Words

  1. melainarayne says:

    I try to interact with my readers on Facebook as much as I can. I usually post updates on what I’m doing a couple times a week, and I like to post fun pics or character inspiration pics when I see them, and even teasers from time to time. I also try to encourage discussions but my following isnt very big yet. I have a handful of loyal followers and it always makes me happy when they interact with me. I also try to help out fellow authors when I can, and share posts from book lover pages too.



  2. Thanks for sharing. I looooove audiobooks. Here are my More than Words audiobook recommendations.


  3. Stephanie says:

    It is nice to see authors supporting one another. I also love that the book blogging community is like that with one another for the most part.
    I am looking forward to getting to know you this week.


  4. I agree, interactions are a must for authors and fans!

    Brenda @DailyMayo


  5. momssmallvictories says:

    My favorite author is Diane Chamberlain and she’s got a great Facebook page where she both lets readers know status of her books but even invites us to help name characters or cities in her work in progress. She’s very conversational, tells stories about the beach, what she’s eating or reading or shares about her adorable doggies. She’s great at keeping conversation light and interesting with her readers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Hope you’re enjoying Armchair BEA!

    Here’s my total fangirl fail moment when I met Diane that i shared today.


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