November 9, 2012

It's the Little Things

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.

26 comments:

  1. What a nice and savvy gesture! I've won one Goodreads giveaway so far and it was quite exciting, though certainly not as awesome as this!

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    1. I certainly thought it was nice! Just one of those things that brightens your day, you know? :)

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  2. Wow, that's awesome! I want to be like her!
    And it's so nice of you sharing this with us, showing us how awesome this author is as a person. I bet she'll love this post!
    =)

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    1. I hope if I'm ever published I remember to do things like this. :)

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  3. Seconding the idea that I want to be like her! What a wonderful way to do a giveaway.

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    1. I certainly thought so! I hope I remember to do stuff like this for readers if I'm ever published. :)

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  4. Aw, that's wonderful. :) This is the way to treat your readers. Though honesly, if I imagine myself being published, I imagine I would be so enthralled by *having* readers that I would want to make it as special as possible for them.

    And I got a book recommendation out of this! Cool!

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    1. Haha! Me too. :) I think any giveaways I'd end up doing would be overkill, I'd just be so thrilled that people wanted to read my stuff!

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  5. I love this story and I'm sorry for your stress. Hang in there! <3

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    1. Thanks, Sara. :) I'm actually feeling much less stressed now. I managed to write 3300 words today and am now sitting where I should be for NaNo. Oddly, that was almost stressing me out worse than the querying process! :)

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  6. Yay for winning prizes!! So cool! Let us know how the book is - it sounds great!

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    1. I love winning prizes, especially when they're books! I thought this was an especially cool winning experience, though. :) I'll be sure to let you know how it is.

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    1. I sure thought so! What a great way to make a prize enough more special. :)

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  8. Having received many nice parcels from you in the past, I'm happy to hear that someone sent you a special parcel too. It makes all the difference when people go the extra mile :)

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    1. It definitely does. :) I wasn't expecting all of the extras, so it made it just that much more special. And as for parcels, I've received plenty o' fantastic parcels from you too! :)

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  9. That's so cool! Congrats on the win. I'll keep an eye out for the book when I'm at Books of Wonder next week! And good luck destressing! Looks like you're on track for NaNo, anyway!

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    1. The destressing is actually going pretty well. I wrote a decent amount yesterday and that got me back on track. A big part of what was stressing me out was that I had fallen behind on NaNo, and it just kept nagging at me. It was making it hard to enjoy other things. Silly, I know. I'm not even all that stressed about querying, to be perfectly honest. I thought I would be, but so far I'm doing just fine. :)

      Good to see you're doing so well with your NaNo goals too. :)

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  10. Hey, just stopping by to see what you were up to. It's been forever since I've been able to get around to visit my fellow bloggers. I'm so glad I stopped by, too! How cool is she?! I'm so inspired to do that with my books now. I'm definitely stealing her neat little package idea. It's SO cute, and you're right...very thoughtful. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with NaNo!

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    1. Hi, Jessica! Thanks for swinging by. :) Sounds like things are crazy around your place, what with preparing for the baby and all that. Congrats by the way!

      I was thoroughly impressed with this little book package. I know authors can't do this kind of thing all the time, but even now and then makes such a big difference. :)

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  11. This is so awesome. Karen is one of my co-bloggers over at YA Confidential, and I can confirm that she is super thoughtful and amazing. :-) Yay for a beautiful package!

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    1. I figured all of you YA Confidential folks were awesome, but this is just tangible proof. :) Such a thoughtful thing to do.

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  12. Jaime that's awesome. I love when writers do things like this, and I'm so on board with you about being this way if I become a published author someday. Even a response to a tweet about how much I loved a book makes me happy and excited.

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  13. Awww! I really love that package. So thoughtful and adorable! :D And hope you´re enjoying a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Karen is the sweetest! I think you're right: Little details make such a difference. I hope you enjoy GRASPING AT ETERNITY... I've been dying to read it!

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  15. Congrats, Jaime! And that was very thoughtful of her. :)

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