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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Yesterday I felt like Danielle Steele

I love hearing from readers. To me, that is the best part of this whole book business. Yesterday was one of those very special days.
I had an email from a woman who said this was the first time she had ever written to "somebody famous." Well, that set me to laughing from the start. I don't think of myself as famous. Anyway, she went on to say that she had gone to my website and saw that my PromoPaks are coming out in printed format. She said she couldn't wait to get them to add to her "Janet Elaine Smith Collection." I wrote back and asked her if she is also an author, since the PromoPaks are geared towards authors, and certainly not my idea of a "fun read" for anyone else.
She must have been online, as she answered right back. She said she is not an author, but she would hate for her collection to be incomplete.
Well, since I had her attention at that moment, I replied to her, telling her my favorite Danielle Steele story. Quite a few years ago, my husband and I were at our local mall. We had been in Waldenbooks, and I finished my shopping in there before he did, so I went outside and sat on one of the benches to wait until he was done. Two elderly ladies came along and one of them spotted the big cardboard display stand with Danielle Steele's new book on it.
"Oh, look!" she exclaimed excitedly to her friend. "A new Danielle Steele book! I have to have it."
Her friend commented, "I've never read one of her books."
"Oh, neither have I," the first woman replied, "but it looks so impressive to have them all on the shelves in my library!"
The woman I was corresponding with last evening sent a note back to me immediately again. "Oh, but you are so much better than Danielle Steele," she wrote. "I have read every one or your books at least three times. In fact, I have three copies of A Lumberjack Christmas...Revisited. Each one has a different cover. I had to read each one of them to see if you had changed something inside too. I was so glad you hadn't. I think it's my favorite of all of your books. Either that or A Christmas Dream. You really need to do a new Christmas book!"
I thanked her so much for her kind words, and let her know that a letter like hers is what feeds the kitty on the craps table of a writer's life. It is by far my favorite way to hit the jackpot.
I debated about telling her that I found two copies of my earlier edition (from an old publisher) of Dunnottar for sale through Amazon for a few cents over $115.00, but I would have felt very guilty if she had decided to buy one of them! I did tell her that I will let her know when the PromoPaks are available, though.
To each one of my "fans" who contact me, I cannot begin to tell you how much you all mean to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

9 Comments:

  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger Cindy K. Green said…

    What a great story, Janet. I must agree that interaction with readers has been the most rewarding part of my experience as an author. Good luck to you.

    Cindy

     
  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger The Belle in Blue said…

    Great story, Janet! Reminds me of the time a "special" reader was waiting for me in the library parking lot for one of my signings and followed me in asking very loudly if I knew Danielle Steele and could I get her an autograph? LOL

     
  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger Anne Gilbert said…

    Janet:

    What a lovely story! And do you know something? I'm a writer too, as well as a reader! Something else: I have a blog, and I'm going to link yours to mine. I'm always looking for additions. I don't read Danielle Steele, but I *love* your attitude!
    Anne Gilbert

     
  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Marvin D. Wilson said…

    A well deserved experience, Joyce!

     
  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger Jay Hudson said…

    Janet, I loved your story, and I'm like Anne Gilbert, I would link your blog to mine if I knew how. I still can't program a VCR.
    I love your wholesome stories!

    Jay Hudson
    Author-Montgomery Gray
    Jayswritersworld@yahoogroups.com

     
  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger Pee Wee said…

    Hi, Dear One,
    Very catchy title.
    Danielle Steele should read this. She has nothing on you. How cool, this true story. I think this is what it's all about. One has to be careful not to run out and buy a bigger hat. LOL.

    I'm proud to be your friend.

    Pee Wee

    Author of: The Kahills of Willow Walk
    by: S.K. Hamilton

     
  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger Pee Wee said…

    Well, Janet, this is my second comment. Your blog is first class. Danielle Steele is one of my favorites. However, you are one of my VERY favorites also. Loved The christmas Dream and Old Habits Die Hard. Thanks for putting me on your blog site.

    Pee Wee

    Author of The Kahills of Willow Walk
    S.K. Hamilton
    www.skhamilton.com
    www.willow-walk.tripod.com
    www.whispersatwillowwalk.blogspot.com

     
  • At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Michelle Cary said…

    I can only hope to have an experience like that some day. That's absolutely awesome!

     
  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger unwriter said…

    Fantastic! But then anything you do involving words is great. I've yet to read Danielle Steele. I think I'll wait until she reads one of mine.

     

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