Do you remember the first book you stumbled upon in the genre you now love and adore? Did you ever write a hand-written note to that author when you were young and dreaming of being a bona-fied, published author? (Back in the day, publishers listed mailing addresses in the back rather than the author’s email, website, Twitter or Facebook…)
Well, I did.
One of the first authors I ever wrote to, while I never heard back, remained one of my favorite authors to this day.
Then, one day, I get an email that the author is following me (little, ol’, unpublished me) on Twitter. I direct message a thank you (and maybe I threw in a “I’m a big fan”) and get a message right back.
Seriously, it made my week.
This is the beauty (and perhaps curse) of social media.
- Our mentors, favorite writers or celebrities are closer than ever.
- We have a way to reach them, influence for them and share their work through our own networks.
- The more you reach out, re-tweet, review or promote another author’s work, the more your name is seen and the bigger your circle will become.
- It’s just plain fun. 🙂