I look back to when I posted my first review and think about how much more books are a part of my life now. Up until last year I had never been to a single book signing! Last year my sister and I decided on a whim to go to the RT Convention in Las Vegas. We had a blast! I met some authors that I liked, some I’d heard of and some I’d never heard of but got a free book and decided what the hell, this looks pretty good so I’ll try it! I came away with over 100 books and did not make much of a dent in that pile this year. However, I did come away with some great memories of answering YA trivia questions with Kiera Cass, asking questions to Christine Feehan, and having mimosas with Robyn Carr and Susan Mallery. I’ll admit to a little fan girl stalking of Kristen Ashley and got to re-learn how competitive my sister is playing Candy & Spoons (You are on my radar, Suz, and will be beat this year).
Did my interactions with these authors and others influence my feelings about their books? Looking back on a few I can honestly say… maybe? Even as much as I love Kristen Ashley, and as cool as she was in person, not every one of her books equals her others and I think I’m pretty fair but because I’m such a big fan I might’ve scored her last couple a half point higher than I should’ve. I would have to go back and read them to be sure.
I will say that for the authors I met and enjoyed talking to I definitely read their books before authors I’d never heard of before. I think that’s the point for authors, and that connection with them goes a long way towards helping them make a living. Does it influence my review? No. However, it does get their book to the top of my pile.
Recently I’ve gone to a couple of book signings and listened to authors speak about their lives, influences, etc. I really enjoy getting to hear them speak personally and yes, I did buy their books and have them sign them. Did I like those books more? I can’t say because I haven’t read them yet.
My questions to you are –
How much does meeting an author at a book signing or convention influence how much you like their book?
I’d love to hear your stories of meeting an author and reading their books! Did it affect your rating on their review? Feel free to gush about meeting that author… 😊