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Comments for Weekly Geeks 2010-09
Having recently been told that I'm odd because I'm not terribly interested in author interviews I've started to ponder whether there are two types of readers ...those who stick to the books versus those who like to know more about the author's background, thoughts, motivations and writing process.
So, what about you?
Comment #1: Saturday, March, 13, 2010 at 22:35:25
I prefer to google than subscribe to any author websites!
Comment #2: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 20:09:23
The sites I subscribe to are well written blogs and really aren't focused on promoting the published books. I don't read every post they write but I do enjoy reading them when I have the time.
Comment #3: Saturday, March, 13, 2010 at 23:13:37
Like you I do not have time to interview but when I did one with Ruth Downie I asked other bloggers what one question they would like to ask of her. I chose my list of questions from the answers I received. Ruth thought this was great fun and in a way, was able to talk to more than one fan.
Comment #4: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 20:16:31
That sounds like a fun way to do an interview. Coming up with questions is the hardest part.
Comment #5: Sunday, March, 14, 2010 at 04:37:29
I don't really see a lot of point in blog tours. However I do like to know some bio. details about an author if I can find them.
Comment #6: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 20:21:43
I think the blog tours are to make things easy for the author... get all the publicity done at one time. But I think they over saturate the blogosphere with duplicate information.
Comment #7: Sunday, March, 14, 2010 at 04:57:31
Totally agree with no. 1.
Comment #8: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 20:27:45
Thanks. I'm glad you stopped by.
Comment #9: Sunday, March, 14, 2010 at 11:59:23
You are not odd. (Or if you are, then I am too!) I like for a book to stand on its own. Sometimes its interesting for me to learn more about an author, but mostly I'd just rather read the books. I've never hosted an author review on my blog and never really plan to.
Comment #10: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 20:31:15
I'm odd in my own special ways but I wasn't the one asking about being odd. I was just quoting the person who asked the question for the Weekly Geeks assignmen this week.
Comment #11: Sunday, March, 14, 2010 at 23:49:47
I think one of the reason I'm interested in authors' personal backgrounds is because I read so many series. After a few books I start to wonder if certain elements relate to their family life, interests, etc. I usually check for websites when I'm reading a book. I don't do blogs much just because it's takes so much time, and I want to read! But I've found that I really like following authors on twitter and getting a sense of their personalities. And I love when friends have author interviews on their blogs and I happen upon them through twitter. I guess I just like checking things out when I get a chance more than a structured following.
Comment #12: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 10:38:34
I don't read many series but I do enjoy following authors via their blogs and twitter accounts. Lately I've been following authors before I read their books instead of because I read their books.
Comment #13: Monday, March, 15, 2010 at 10:59:28
Very sorry! I should have read that more carefully. I didn't meant to offend.
Comment #14: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 10:42:05
No offense taken. I was trying to respond in a joking fashion.
Comment #15: Tuesday, March, 16, 2010 at 11:53:11
I like your response to question #1. You're right, an author should not have to clarify their intent in an interview.
Comment #16: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 21:41:15
Authors don't always know why something works. They get caugt up in the excitement of reading or maybe were asked by an editor to rework a scene. There are so many factors at play in a book or other piece of art.