Recently I received a comment on one of my Goodreads reviews. The author of the book I reviewed thanked me for loving her book and let me know the sequel was coming out soon. She then invited me to follow a link for updates and information and some other such stuff that I no longer remember because I'm not that kind of reader.
Part of me - the writer part - thought this was a great marketing idea. The other part - the reader part - was a little put off. Okay, and a little embarrassed because despite the fact that I gave this book a glowing review that proved to me how much I really did love this book, I cannot remember reading it. (Brain injured, remember?)
The put off part? I don't actually like people trying to sell me stuff - which is weird because a large portion of who I am actively engages in trying to sell other people stuff. If I love something, I'm always try to get other people to try it so they'll love it, too. (You ought to see my reviews for my new sheets and comforter.)
Anyway, while I'm trying to fathom that little quirk about myself... (Because the author didn't do anything wrong and she wasn't even ham-handed about it. Her note was very nice and not pushy.)... Tell me how you deal with stuff like this. If you're an author, do you send emails to the people who've reviewed your books informing them of subsequent books? As a reader, how do you feel about receiving emails like this?
Because you know, if I ever do have books up for sale, it sounds like something I might try.