Like many other readers I know, I'm on Goodreads. Among other things, one of my favourite aspects of Goodreads is that they host book giveaways. And many of them are offered to folks outside of the U.S., which doesn't happen often. Now I've put my name in for plenty of books and haven't been lucky enough to win. Until recently.
I won a copy of Karen Amanda Hooper's Grasping At Eternity. There were cheers, I assure you. Of course, I mentioned the win on Twitter and Karen was one of the first to respond, congratulating me. It's always nice to hear from authors this way, but she didn't stop there. The book showed up in the mail a couple of days ago, and it wasn't just tossed in an envelope and addressed to me. It was an envelope stuffed full of sparkle and fun. Check it out:
The first little treat was the book itself tied up with a sparkly ribbon that made the turquoise/teal in the cover pop. When I slid the ribbon off, a beautiful envelope with a note card addressed to me slipped out from the cover. The card and envelope, as you can see, match the peacock feathers on the cover. What you can't see is how gorgeous and sparkly the card is. Seriously you guys, it's really pretty! Karen wrote me a little note about being "my first" Goodreads win and expressing the hope that I would enjoy her book. She also signed the inside title page and slipped a signed Tangled Tides postcard in the pages of the book. It was awesome heaped on awesome and a really thoughtful thing to do.
It's the little things.
I've been stressing these days about querying, about NaNo, about the fact that it hasn't stopped snowing in three days. (It's just tiny flakes, but still. It's accumulating.) And then this delightful parcel showed up and brightened the heck out of my day. All because one author took the time to spread some sparkle to one single reader. That is seriously cool, my friends.
If someday I'm fortunate enough to get published, I want to remember this. I know that authors are busy folks what with writing, editing, book tours, you name it. But taking the time to do this one small thing endears you to your readers in a way that tossing a book in an envelope and mailing it as is ever will. I know one thing: I'm a Karen Amanda Hooper fan, and I haven't even cracked open her book yet! If you haven't read Grasping At Eternity yet, you should snag yourself a copy and show your support for a wonderful person and author.