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Rat-a-tat-tat!

Another big award has come and gone, and I’d like to congratulate all the Orbit authors who won or were nominated. It’s great for them because, while being an author is a fabulous line of work, it can also be discouraging. Unless one is in the awards sphere, or one manages to claw his or her way onto one of the increasingly elusive lists, it’s hard to know if you’re really reaching anyone.

Which is why social media rocks. In my new university’s MFA in popular fiction, I’m teaching a course on building author platforms, and we’re talking a lot about social media. One of the things we’ve brought up peripherally is how rewarding it is to interact with fans of our books.

This weekend, I received some lovely letters and messages on Twitter and Facebook. It’s almost impossible for me to express how much these interactions mean for authors like me. I feel very disconnected, sometimes, from my life as a writer. So to see that people are not only reading my books, but really connecting with the issues they contain and really connecting with my characters means the world to me.

But that’s not all I got this weekend. I also received what I think is an ultimate compliment both to Jane, to Sharon Tancredi’s amazing art, and to Orbit for having the chutzpah to take such big risks. I received evidence of my first Jane True inspired tattoo, from a lovely lady in America. Here’s a picture:

And another:

It looks awesome, doesn’t it! Pretty, yet hard core at the same time. I’d buy a drink for a lady with a tattoo like that. Since posting about this tattoo, I’ve gotten word that plans for other tats are afoot. And that makes me smile.

Are my Jane True books ever going to win an award? Probably not. Will they make a list? Probably not. But with fans like these, who cares. I’m pretty confident they’d have my back in a bar fight. And that’s more than good enough for me.

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  1. Lauren Panepinto

    Lauren Panepinto

    September 9, 2010
    at 9:41 am

    I wouldnt be so sure about those awards, lady, it takes time to build a fanbase — meanwhile your covers are winning oodles of awards, and while technically most of the credit goes to the fabulous illustrator Sharon Tancredi, she wouldn’t have been able to do such great covers without some awesome inspiration in the character of Ms. Jane True!

  2. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)

    September 9, 2010
    at 9:52 am

    That really is a True complement. ;) The art work is amazing as well. Whether one is a reader or not, I think there are many who would admire it as it looks. :) A wonderful follower! Glad you are acquiring such a supportive fan base. Congrats to you!

  3. Cathy

    September 11, 2010
    at 4:46 pm

    Jane True is well loved. :) You definately have fans. Accolades are nice, but it’s not quite accurate to say they define the value of a good story or writer. Most of my friends have no clue what a hugo, locus, nebula…whatever award are. That’s fine with them. We discuss the books not the awards.

    The internet is the fastest,easiest way to find others who can relate to a common passion…books. Whether you are an author, blogger or fan, it’s nice to know others feel as much excitement or enthusiasm over a story. I rely on good storytelling from authors like you, because it gives me so much pleasure to read and discuss. You’re putting a smile on my face at the turn of a page. I may not be able to provide the recognition with an award or book review, but I promise you my world would be a very dull and lonely place without writers like you. :D

  4. Nicole Peeler

    Nicole Peeler

    September 12, 2010
    at 9:33 pm

    Lauren: And I’m so lucky I had you to find Sharon! GROUP HUG! ;-)

    Thanks, Mel! You’re one of the stars, for sure! :-)

    Cathy, that is such a sweet response! Thank you very much. Seriously, who needs awards with comments like this to read? I’m tearing up!

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