|Who's Reading Us?
||[Jan. 5th, 2010|10:48 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Quite often as writers we wonder who is reading our books. Sure, we know friends and family members are eagerly cracking those spines, but what about people outside our circles? People we don't know who picked up the book because the synopsis sounded good to them, or they were intrigued by the cover art, or maybe they just needed something to pass the time on a long train ride--who are these people, we wonder? Do they even exist?
Well, here's something neat. Back when Hunt at World's End came out in October, series editor Charles Ardai invited everyone on the Gabriel Hunt mailing list to send in a photo of themselves reading the book, preferably decked out in suitable adventure garb. In return, he promised to email them advance PDF copies of the next book in the series, Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire.
It seems several folks took him up on the offer, and now Charles has posted this veritable rogue's gallery of readers on the Gabriel Hunt website.
How cool is that? Visual evidence that people are actually reading the novel, and not a single one of them a family member or friend! It's not very often that a writer gets to see this kind of thing, and boy is it a treat. (As I'm sure you already know, writers have very needy egos that demand constant validation.)
By the way, Charles' offer still stands. You can still send a picture of yourself reading Hunt at World's End--or any of the Gabriel Hunt novels, including Hunt at the Well of Eternity and Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear--to AdventuresOfGabrielHunt AT gmail DOT com. Why not? It's a win-win situation. You get a free advance PDF of Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire, co-written by Gabriel Hunt and Christa Foust, and I get to see what you look like!