Isn’t it great when authors leave comments on your blog?

I love comments, all comments.  Okay, maybe not the 50 at a day I get from lista de mail, but all comments from real people.  I don’t always respond in a timely fashion, but I LOVE to read them.  It makes me feel like I’m not typing into a black hole, you know?

Sometimes I even find a comment left on a review from the author.  In honor of Thrill Week I wanted to tell you about an author who has left a blog comment on 3 of the 4 books of hers that I’ve reviewed (and I’m sure the fourth was just an oversight ;)).  Karen E Olson, author of the Tattoo Shop series, is a blogger’s dream.  She never offered me a free book, but she offered me something better, feedback.  Isn’t that awesome?  I am psyched to meet her when I attend Bouchercon next month. (the 3 reviews-Ink Flamingos, Driven to Ink, Pretty in Ink)

So, tell me, what authors are good about leaving comments on your blog?  Let’s give them a shout out where it’s due.  And to start I should say that Beth Hoffman, author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, stops by and comments often.  Love her 🙂

24 thoughts on “Isn’t it great when authors leave comments on your blog?

  1. Heather says:

    Cherie Priest author of Boneshaker replied to my email! Not a blog comment but still pretty cool. And Syrie James author of the Lost Memoirs/Diary of Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen (Two separate books). It was cool.

  2. Lloyd Russell says:

    I totally agree. I have formulated a relationship with about a dozen local authors. That, in and of itself, is cool. But 3 of them, Jasmine Haynes, R.A. Silverberry, and Adina Senft, have actually commented on my blog. That is really fun.

  3. Mary says:

    I love it when an author comments on my blog (except for lista de mail who is/are getting on my nerves – tg for the wp filter). It’s nice to have positive feedback. To have them come back and comment on posts about books other than their own (Beth Hoffman is so good about this) is really great!
    Have fun at Bouchercon – I can’t wait to hear about it!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Beth is awesome about visiting. I don’t know how she finds the time!
      WP filter is a lifesaver. I do check the spam folder because sometimes things gets stuck in there and can’t believe the ridiculousness of those comments by lista.

  4. bermudaonion(Kathy) says:

    I love author comments too, and you’re right, Beth Hoffman is probably the best at it. I did a little happy dance this morning when I found a comment from Dave Cullen, the author of Columbine, on my blog! (Lista de email likes you more than they like me – they only leave me 25 comments a day.)

  5. jennygirl says:

    How cool is that? I’ve had a few and all have been good and constructive. Or offered insight into something I didn’t understand. I’ve even chatted with a few via email. Beth Kephart is good at stopping by also.
    Have fun at Bouchercon 🙂

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I’ve exchanged email with a few, but I have no time to answer emails from close friends and relatives (well, okay, I could be doing that now, shhh, don’t tell) so I don’t have alot of time for it.
      All of my comments have been positive and respectful too. I don’t know what I’d do if they weren’t!

  6. Rhapsodyinbooks says:

    That’s great about Karen Olson but you totally deserve it – you have been a faithful and persuasive pusher of her books! By the way, I MET an author who commented on my review of her book, and she said she was really reluctant generally to do that because it seemed “unseemly” for an author to be (a) reading her own reviews and/or (b) commenting on them. It was enlightening for me to hear that they could be self-conscious about it. Meanwhile, we bloggers totally love it! But on the other hand, then I go on to feel reluctant to be harsh if a next book disappoints me. So it’s kind of double-edged for me!

    • Lloyd Russell says:

      I agree with Rhapsodyinbooks. I read book 1 by an author and really enjoyed it. Although he didn’t comment on my blog, we established an email relationship. He always answered my emails quickly and in great depth. I liked him a lot. Then book 2 came out, and I did not think it was well-written. Unfortunately, I had to write that in my review of his second book. I let him know, and he was a gentleman about it. But it effectively ended our email relationship.

      • stacybuckeye says:

        Lloyd, that’s tough. Like Jill said, it is a double edged sword. It’s too bad that you couldn’t have continued the friendship, but I can see an author not wanting to be reminded of what you thought every time you exchanged emails. Better to be honest though!

      • Lloyd Russell says:

        You definitely have to be honest in order for the blog to have any credibility. But it does act as a warning to be careful about getting too close to the authors. That’s a problem that I will have to work on.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I hear you Jill. I think that if a blogger and author are too close that it does make it harder to write what you really think. You always want to put the best spin on it. That’s why I rarely accept a book from the author.
      And thank you for pointing out why an author wouldn’t want to comment. I never thought about it like that and now I get it! You are always educating me 🙂
      I know I persuaded you to read the first in the series and I always thought about what you said when I read the rest! Didn’t affect my enjoyment but it was jarring after you mentioned it!

  7. Book Nympho says:

    I love when this happens too! I recently got a comment from author Max Allan Collins on my review of his graphic novel, Road to Perdition. It’s so cool when authors reach out to readers and post real comments! 🙂

  8. Teddyree says:

    I like it when author’s comment, Christopher Gortner usually leaves a comment and he’s a delightful author and I was thrilled when Ben Kane left a comment on my review of Spartacus and cleared up my query about the use of the ‘f’ word in that time period. It is a little challenging if you do form an online/email friendship and then don’t enjoy a book … requires tact to be liberally mixed with honesty lol

  9. Tara says:

    She only stopped by once, but Wendy Corsi Staub commented on one of my reviews of one of her books. Definitely a moment I will always remember. J.T. Ellison and Gregg Olsen have given me retweets and shout outs on Twitter. It definitely makes me excited. Back when I first started my blog I wrote a review of a book by Tom Piccirilli. I hated the book and pretty much said so in my review. A couple of days later he stopped by and commented. He was very nice about it, but it was my first realization as to how much impact my little blog could actually have.

  10. Fiction-Books (@Fiction_Books) says:

    Hi Stacy,

    I think that it shows an author is genuinely interested in what I think of a book and in engaging with their larger reading audience, if they take just a few minutes to stop by my blog and leave a comment and maybe also respond to some of the other comments that the post has received.

    Many authors will email me, which is very nice and always appreciated, however just a few words of comment on the actual post, is always the best way an author can go, purely speaking from my own personal point of view.

    I have several authors who contact me each time they release a new book, so they are obviously pleased with what they see me write, although I don’t and won’t hesitate to let them know in no uncertain terms, if a book doesn’t grab my attention, or even worse, is badly written or edited!

    Great post question, thanks.


  11. Amy says:

    Karen E. Olsen sounds wonderful. It’s great when an author let’s you know they’re paying attention and such…I’m glad Karen’s shown you how much she appreciate’syour loyalty and enjoyment of her books, it’s so sweet of her.

    I find it a complete thrill when authors comment on my blog, I feel like a little kid! Joan Leegant, the author of Wherever You Go, a terrific book, was so sweet when she commented on my blog and review.
    Rhapsody’s comment is really interesting and I can totally understand if authors feel weird about commenting on reviews about their own books. I’d love to let them all know how thrilled it makes me and I don’t consider it unseemly!

    Greatpost, Stacy!

  12. Carol says:

    I get a kick out of it too. I find that usually it’s the less wll-known authors who stop by or self-published folks. Most recently Wayne Zurl stopped by, just to say thanks for the review.

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