Tuesday, November 17, 2015

4 The Beauty of Readers and What Authors Have to Remember

I went down to YALLFEST with the YA Series Insiders (YASeriesInsiders.com), which is our sister site dedicated to all things series and supporting reader engagement. For those of you who don't know, YALLFEST is an incredible book festival in Charleston, South Carolina that brings together about 65 New York Times Bestselling YA authors and about 4,000 fans for a day and a half of panels and signings. I also did writing panels on the Friday before the YALLFEST events and on Sunday at the Charleston library after the events.

As an author, getting to hang out with readers like this is incredible. You get to see what books mean to teens, and there's nothing more beautiful than a young reader who is literally starry-eyed when speaking about your characters--or those of another author. Readers bring so much to each book they read, and it's fascinating to see what they found within the pages of a book that connected to their own lives.

As authors, we think of books as things we give ourselves, the products of our own creative efforts. But they are more than that. They are gifts we give our readers, and sometimes those readers give back to us more than we could ever have imagined.

That's why we write, isn't it? To connect? To inspire? To let someone feel.

It's impossible not to love the readers who love our books. Meeting even a few of those in person can truly make you remember why you do this. And they make it all worthwhile!

In short, this is a love letter to readers. Thank you for reading my books, or anyone else's. Thank you for bringing characters into your hearts and bringing them to life!

Hugs,

Martina

4 comments:

  1. I hope to be writing a letter like this one of these days. Well put, Martina!

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  3. My husband cheated on me!,
    i recently found out that my husband, while on a business trip, had somewhat of an affair with a business associate. He claims he did not have intercourse with this person, but they did talk a lot and kiss. i really don't know wether to believe that or not. in my heart and mind, he did have intercourse. he says the reason was i wasn't giving him any attention, i was being distant and pushing him away. i agree with this statement. he said this person gave him the attention he has been wanting for some time now and he made the bad decision to take it further. they saw each other two times, both in his hotel room, and he says it was nice to have someone have an interest in him and think that he was 'cool', all the stages of feelings, denial, anger, sadness, i'm feeling all of these all at once. i wondered what do i do now? we want to work things out, but he's being a little impatient with my 'healing process'. i told him i wouldn't be able to get over this in one day, that it would take time. i'm so mentally exhausted, i don't know what to do or think right now. I was wondering through the internet when i found help well, I want to thank Dr Frank Ojo for bringing joy and happiness to my relationship and my family. I lost my husband and i required help until i found Dr Frank Ojo a genuine spell caster, And he assured me that I will get my husband back in two days after the spell has been cast. two days later, my phone rang, and so shockingly, it was my husband who has not called me for long, and made an apology for the heart break, and told me that he is ready to devote the rest of his life with me. Dr Frank Ojo released him up to know how much i loved and wanted him.. right now me and my husband are living a happy life and our love is now stronger than how it were even before our break up..All thanks goes to Dr Frank Ojo for the excessive work that he has done for me. Below is his email address in situation you are undergoing a heart break, and I assure you that as he has done mine for me, he will definitely help you too. Email: { Templeofloveandprosperity@gmail.com } HERE HIS WEBSITE ADDRESS : http://lovespell2.yolasite.com/..

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