Dear Readers, Your Favorite Authors Love You: Scavenger Hunt Stop #13

250scavengerhuntWelcome to the Fall 2013 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt has 25 stops and runs from 10/18 (noon MDT)–10/20 (midnight MDT). It’s a great way to discover new books from some of your favorite authors (and maybe meet some new authors you haven’t yet heard of). The grand prize is an iPad Mini, plus two chances at a 25-book prize pack. Some individual stops even have an additional prize, so read each post carefully!

There will be a red clue at the bottom of each post that you’ll need to write down, and that clue will guide you to the next stop. It’s best to begin the scavenger hunt at stop #1, Lisa Bergren’s site. Then after you’ve gone through all 25 stops and collected all the clues, fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa, or another will be drawn randomly. No need to email or submit it unless you’re notified on 10/21. The contest is open internationally, so everyone is welcome to participate! Let’s get started!

Meet Jody!

Author Picture

I’d like to introduce you to Jody Hedlund, author, blogger, and pinner extraordinaire! No, really—you need to check out her Pinterest boards. They’re awesome! Award-winning author Jody Hedlund makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and five children. When she’s not busy with her family, she loves to read and consume large amounts of chocolate and coffee. You can connect with Jody on her website or via FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

RebelliousHeart_mck.inddI’d also like to introduce you to Jody’s latest release, Rebellious Heart. It’s definitely on my must-read list! Here’s the synopsis: “In 1763 Massachusetts, Susanna Smith has grown up with everything she’s ever wanted, except one thing: an education. Because she’s a female, higher learning has been closed to her, but her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. She’s determined to put her status to good use, reaching out to the poor and deprived. And she knows when she marries well, she will be able to continue her work with the less fortunate. Ben Ross grew up a farmer’s son and has nothing to his name but his Harvard education. A poor country lawyer, he doesn’t see how he’ll be able to fulfill his promise to make his father proud of him. When family friends introduce him to the Smith family, he’s drawn to quick-witted Susanna but knows her family expects her to marry well. When Susanna’s decision to help an innocent woman no matter the cost crosses with Ben’s growing disillusionment with their British rulers, the two find themselves bound together in what quickly becomes a very dangerous fight for justice.”

Readers can be fans of authors—but have you ever thought authors can be fans of their readers? Jody shares some secrets about just how much we authors appreciate our readers:

Dear Readers, Your Favorite Authors Love You!

Dear Readers

I love my readers. The longer I’m a published author, the more I realize just how much my readers mean to me.

Authors can’t survive very well without readers. As much as writers like to say things like, “Write for yourself,” we all know we wouldn’t pursue publication if we didn’t want people to read our words and find some meaning in them.

The bottom line is that writers need readers, appreciate all their support, and value their encouragement—often much more than readers realize. So dear readers, on behalf of all writers, please know how much we appreciate you!
Here are several things readers do that get authors really excited (at least that really excite me!):

When readers send the author a personal note.

I save every email, Facebook message, and handwritten note that readers send me. In fact, my publisher asked if I had a few that I would be willing to pass along to them so they could read them to their staff—because even publishers appreciate affirmation and feedback on all they invest in their authors. I had a hard time choosing which notes to send because they’re all so meaningful to me.

When readers write a review for an online bookstore or blog.

Many readers are silent and distant admirers. And that’s OK. I realize not everyone is going to want to go public with their praise of a book. But writers appreciate all the reviews they get. Even though we can’t individually acknowledge or respond to every review, I’m always thrilled when someone takes the time to post one. In fact, when I do come cross a blog review on one of my books, I like to put a link to it on my website. Make sure to check out the list of blog reviews on my latest release, Rebellious Heart!

Authors need readersWhen readers connect on Facebook or Twitter.

I like having real connections with people. But I usually won’t know a reader is lurking unless they jump off the sidelines and send me a comment or tweet. Call me corny, but I even like hearing simple details like this message I got on Twitter: “Finally got a Kindle. The first book I purchased was The Preacher’s Bride by @JodyHedlund! Can’t wait to read it!” Or this one on Facebook: “I took Jody’s A Noble Groom on vacation this week. Finished it in two days by reading it by the pool and staying up until midnight.”

Those kinds of short messages can go a LONG way in bolstering the shaky confidence of writers who labor so hard over each book and yet battle insecurity, poor sales, low advances, and obscurity on a daily basis.

So my dear readers, thank you for all you do to encourage me (and other writers) in so many ways. The writing journey wouldn’t be nearly as fulfilling if it weren’t for you! YOU make us want to continue to write and pour out our hearts into our stories! Thank you!

Question for readers: Did you realize how much authors value your feedback? How can we authors show YOU our appreciation better?

You can purchase Jody’s novel, Rebellious Heart, at AmazonBarnes & NobleCBD, or your local bookstore.

The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

Before you go, write down stop #12 clue: TO DYSTOPIAN.

Your next stop is Jody’s own blog! Make sure you make the rounds to all 25 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at stop #26 back at Lisa Bergren’s site to be in the running for all the big prizes!

Bonus Prize!

I’ll also be giving away a $100 gift certificate to use toward the purchase of one of Bill Coleman’s beautiful Amish photos! Use the widget below to enter!

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Karla Akins says:

    How lovely to meet you! kkakins at gmail dot com

  2. Issy says:

    Its great to discover new authors! Thankyou 🙂

  3. Sara Johns says:

    I think authors do a great job of communicating with Facebook, Twitter and Blogs.

  4. Katrina says:

    Suzanne I look forward to reading even more of your books. Thank you for introducing new authors.

  5. I never really thought much about giving authors feedback. I kind of always assumed they just wrote, what they wanted to write. haha

  6. Shirley Davidson says:

    I do realize how much authors value feedback. I have several authors on my email list that make me feel as though I’m part of the work in progress so to speak. I know when someone has his a bump and can’t get past a certain point and I know when someone is on fire (not literally 🙂 ). I love it that I can see this with the authors that I know and so enjoy knowing what is going on in a writer’s life while they are working. Thanks for this question and thanks for being a part of this scavenger hunt!

  7. Anita says:

    I once commented (favorably) on a book I had read on the author’s facebook. She answered me and I told everyone lol! I felt like I had a personal tie to the author lol! That’s the only time I’ve ever commented on a book, but I imagine if she made me feel that good, it must have helped her someway too. Great reminder!

  8. amyc says:

    I interact with many authors and have come to realize how much they value their readers. My advice to them is continue to write great books. Jody is one of my favorite authors. She’s awesome!

  9. Liz Gray says:

    I think its great to meet new authors and read there books! I always enjoy a new good book and enjoy letting them know how much I enjoyed it!

  10. Jennifer Essad says:

    I’m learning so much about new authors – my library is going to be bursting:) thanks for this opportunity

  11. Brock says:

    My wife loves your books.

  12. Jody Hedlund says:

    Hi Everyone!! Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt!! I hope you know how much you’re appreciated for all your support! We LOVE you all! 🙂

  13. Jackie McNutt says:

    Suzanne, Until recently I didn’t think much about feedback or weather it mattered. It was only after I started getting newsletters etc. that I started leaving comments.
    Just keep putting your books out there you have a lot of fans! The giveaways are great and appreciated.

  14. Debra Winterrowd says:

    Love your books!

  15. Katie Johnson says:

    I think its great to learn about to authors. I really enjoy the authors blogs and facebook posts.

  16. Annette Eldridge says:

    I enjoy reading inspirational fiction.

  17. Penny McGuire says:

    Kathleen Y’Barbo’s page says page not found – has a picture of her with beautiful blue flowers though – I was doing the scavenger hunt and quickly came to a halt! 🙁

  18. Amy Bateman says:

    My authoring is limited to my blog, but I know that I always appreciate it when readers take the time to leave comments and let me know they’ve been there. I try to answer each comment, since I enjoy having my comments acknowledged.

  19. Julie says:

    I love connecting with author’s. I especially like it when they comment on my blog about a review I write of their book.

    Julie @ My Favorite Pastime

  20. Betty says:

    I am a senior and love to read your books. As soon as I finish one, I am ready for the next. I feel as if I know you by ready your blogs and Facebook. God Bless you and keep writing.

  21. Annette Gardner says:

    The Scavenger Hunts have been an excellent way to meet new authors. Also, connecting with them on Facebook is a great way to find out about new novels and all the great history/notes that goes along with writing them. Thank you for all the great stories!

  22. Jan Hall says:

    I didn’t realize until recently how much feedback or a review is appreciated.I think it is great when authors stay in contact whether through emails or Facebook or twitter. I love contests or giveaways or even when an author ask questions about ideas, names or situations for an upcoming book.

  23. Kaye Newman says:

    I think you guys are doing a great job already.

  24. angela parrish says:

    always nice to discover a new author. good luck on all your upcoming books. much success.

  25. Rachael K says:

    I had such a shock when an author commented on the blog post review I wrote of her book – it was both thrilling and a little terrifying, since it was so unexpected, but it did make my day!

  26. gayle Pace says:

    I would appreciate it if when I do a review on my blog and notify the author as such, the author might go to my blog and leave a comment. Thanks

  27. Tina Meeker says:

    Thanks for the hance to get to know you! What a great prize!

  28. I love when authors comment on my reviews on my blog and I can connect with them on facebook,twitter, goodreads, ect

  29. Carrie Larks says:

    I love finding new authors and getting to know them on a more individual level.

  30. Tina M says:

    Your a new Author for me. Can’t wait to start reading your books.. Thanks for sharing..

  31. Shirley says:

    I enjoy getting to know authors on Facebook!

  32. Caitlin says:

    I love discovering new authors . . . I’ll have to look for your book on my kindle 🙂

  33. Debra Neiman says:

    Everyone needs encouragement, and we are in God’s service when we encourage others. I am really enjoying the scavenger hunt. What a great was to get introduced to a great collection of Christian Authors, and their books. I am writing down all the books and authors for future reads. Thanks so much. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  34. Jody, thank you for being an author who is approachable and grateful. It makes reaching out to you so much more fulfilling. As a reader, I love authors who go out of their way to recognize me. It makes me feel much closer to the author, and her work, and will inevitably encourage me to go the extra mile for her. Thank you!!

  35. C Irvine says:

    You books look really great, I hope to read some of them soon!

  36. Kim F says:

    I never realized authors cared that much about me, the reader! You show your appreciation by continuing to feed my reading habit and offering these fun contests 🙂

  37. Marilyn says:

    Love the give away. Thanks

  38. Vanessa says:

    It is much easier now to stay connected with favorite authors on social network. It’s nice to get a response back after writing to the author.

  39. Samantha says:

    I know authors care about readers, but maybe not how much! I think this is becoming better known through social media outlets and also I think a fun way to get us involved is by giveaways/scavenger hunts like these! I like to give feed back sometimes I just need a reminder 🙂

  40. laurel says:

    I should be better about putting reviews on places like Amazon. The reviews help me decide what to buy, but I don’t “give back” to the community and the authors by posting them enough.

  41. Cindy Regnier says:

    I love it when the authors I read and review take a moment to interact with me thru social media or email. It makes me feel special as the reader.

  42. Brittany McEuen says:

    I enjoy being able to let the author know that I have written a review for their book and then the author lets me know that it meant something to them. Jody, it was great helping to promote Rebellious Heart. Thanks for your great communication with me when I had some questions for you.

  43. Michelle says:

    I love giveaways and interviews-getting to know the author more.

  44. Ladette says:

    I LOVE the books I have read by Jody so far!! I can’t wait to read more…. thanks so much for staying true to your convictions and sharing your craft with us!! 🙂

  45. Sara M says:

    I have read in several books how the authors will say I’d love to hear from you, contact me here….but it’s something I don’t generally take the time to do(sorry). I think if people do respond to the authors(through a review, note, etc) then I think it would be really cool if the author responded to the person…

  46. Jennifer Tipton says:

    I so appreciate anytime an author is down to earth and comments on something you post or they are so grateful when you share their book on Facebook. Thank you for all your handwork in writing healthy inspirational reading, love it!

  47. You are a stupendous writer of Amish fiction! I love to read your posts when you are a guest of Sherry Gore, who is also fabulous!

  48. I think that authors show appreciation when they give reviewers ARC’s to be part of a team to support them, mention your fans on FB and or maybe put a special name in book as a character. I love to read and have many authors that are more special then others, glad to see two of my favs right here. I have worked with Jody before and read all her books so far. Happy to see you at the “Hunt”
    Paula O

  49. Love to read your posts and also gives me a heads up on new upcoming Amish books. Lifeway Bookstore is one of my must stores

  50. Amy says:

    Feedback is always good. Good job! (hehehe)

  51. MS Barb Dawson says:

    Great giveaway! THANKS!

  52. Wilani Wahl says:

    In the last year since last fall’s scavenger hunt, I have had contact via facebook with many authors and it has meant a lot when authors respond to my comments. I have also learned in the last year that authors like to have reviews on their books so I am trying to review each book as I finish it.

  53. allison says:

    I think you all do good with the social media.

  54. Teresa Sheroke says:

    Love Suzanne’s books and I look forward to reading Jody’s books. I have always loved to read and to this day will take a book to bed to read.

  55. Debbie Rhoades says:

    I feel that as long as authors try to keep it personal with their fans like you do, I think that is the best appreciation of all. We love feeling like we matter to you.

    Thank you for everything you do for us.

  56. I think when authors respond back (whether a tweet, comment on post, etc) goes a long way for readers too! It’s nice to know they say what and wanted to take time to respond. 🙂 Plus I feel 100% legit when they do!

  57. Zac W says:

    I did not realize this. I think a nice letter or, if someone can, a small gift or card would be nice.

  58. It is so nice to learn about different authors i.e. how they got started, what they got started etc etc. Judy F

  59. Claudia Castenir says:

    I always think about appreciating authors, never gave much thought to authors appreciating readers. I do appreciate when authors let us in on the projects they are working on through FB.
    castenir at bbtel dot com

  60. MrsHill says:

    I do know how much readers are appreciated and valued. I’m very glad to meet you and look forward really to reading some of your work. I love this Scavenger Hunt and becoming aware of authors I hadn’t previously known. It’s like going to a party and meeting making new friends.

  61. Judith Stewart says:

    Just keep writing those beautiful stories!

  62. michelle delp says:

    The biggest reward is reading your fantastic novels 🙂

  63. Bonnie Traher says:

    Such beautiful pictures.

  64. Emma says:

    thanks for being a part of this scavenger hunt!

  65. tammy cordery says:

    I love dicoving all these new books I love to read

  66. Barbara says:

    I find it amazing and wonderfully encouraging that authors like Robin Lee Hatcher, Susan Sleeman, Trish Goyer, Colleen Coble and others will actually engage fans via Facebook, Twitter and blogs. So many authors that I enjoyed I don’t think would, or perhaps, didn’t have good tools like these available then. I wonder if John Jakes would say “Hi” on Facebook 😉 I find myself trying not to be all “fan girl” about it and ask a bazillion questions about the writing process and other annoying stuff, LOL.

  67. Beth Gillihan says:

    I like connecting with authors on facebook or through their newsletters. Thanks for the chance to win!

  68. Beth Rumbaugh says:

    Thank you for your give-a-ways.

  69. Cheryl Baranski says:

    I so love my authors. Without them I would be lost without my books.
    I am such a book junkie!! Keep up the wonderful writing!

  70. Renee C. says:

    Hi Suzanne! I’m so excited to read The Letters — hopefully soon! Thank you so much for the incredible giveaway.

    • Renee C. says:

      Woops! I didn’t answer Jody’s question! Silly me. I’m a review blogger, so I definitely try to spread the word whenever I love a book since I know how much it helps fellow readers and the writers of the books too. I think the best thing authors can do is to keep writing great stories for readers to buy! There’s nothing I love more when I can read a few books a year by authors whose books I enjoy. 🙂

  71. Georgina says:

    As an aspiring writer, I do my best to show appreciation to authors that I love. We readers benefit so much from their creativity and hard work! Thank-you for the reminder of how important it is to reach out- and thanks so much for participating in the scavenger hunt! It’s so great to have the opportunity to meet new authors and their novels. 🙂

  72. Sue says:

    Would love some Amish photographs. We have many Amish neighbors.

  73. Jillian says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I have a blog and I try to post book reviews as often as I can. I love it when authors reply to my emails.

  74. As an aspiring Christian Fiction Author, I’ve learned how much authors really do love to hear from readers. Knowing that someone has enjoyed, and hopefully gleaned some gem of information that deepened their faith, makes the months of tears, struggle and laughter worth it!

  75. Betsy says:

    I always appreciate freebies, especially book-related ones. Bookmarks, bookplates, etc., are always good ideas. Advanced copies are nice too but I know that gets expensive. Thanks for hosting the hunt and giveaway.

  76. Robin in NC says:

    Facebook has really opened the ability for readers to interact with their favorite authors! It’s so awesome to think, wow she’s a famous author & she responds to my comments!! Thanks to all of y’all for being a part of our lives!

  77. Vicky D says:

    Love the giveaways and keeping up with what you are doing on Facebook and newsletters.

  78. Tammy says:

    Thanks for sharing your talent with so many!

  79. brian calhoun says:

    i like these prints

  80. Laura Hix says:

    Loved all of this feedback! It was great to read it from the author’s point of view!

  81. Chris says:

    I had no idea you really wanted our feedback. I just finished The Letters and loved it. Oh, it was hard to read because my dad had two affairs before he divorced my mom after 34 years of marriage. He did return years later and ask for forgiveness. In fact, he finally forgave himself just before he died at 79! So glad he did and THANK YOU JESUS for His Grace and Forgiveness! I always get your books. : ) Be encouraged!

  82. We know you care, especially from your comments on FB. Just continue to remind us now and then. Also there may be new people that haven’t hear you say this. Keep writing new books. Also by having give-aways for your readers. I would love to win this special gift. Bill’s pictures are great!
    Thanks! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  83. Jeanine Kowalewski says:

    Yes, I know. I was thrilled when I got a quick response from an email I sent to my favorite author, Lisa T. Bergren.

  84. Laura Pol says:

    I have come to realize how much authors do value a readers feedback! Like Jody said, a little short note can go a long way!

  85. Donna C says:

    aww. What a sweet question!! I think you do a wonderful job interacting with your readers. Facebook, twitter, blogs make the interactions so much more meaningful (and easy!!)

  86. Jen L. says:

    I enjoy hearing from my favorite authors personally – a reply to a blog comment, a facebook message/post, etc.

  87. Kristin H. says:

    I’ve never really thought of it before, but I guess I don’t give a lot of feedback to the authors of the books I read! I usually do a quick review on Goodreads, and I will sometimes mention on my blog when I really enjoy a book. But usually the only time I do full reviews is when I’m sent a book to review.

    I think awesome giveaways such as this scavenger hunt definitely show us readers that authors appreciate us! 🙂

  88. Abigail says:

    I love this scavenger hunt and all the giveaways! Thank you!!!

  89. I do realize how much readers’ feedback means as I have contact with many authors thru reviewing their books. I think the authors are wonderful to comment on our reviews, offer giveaways and book signings, etc Thank you for all that you do, Authors!!! I love you all!

  90. Pam Burke says:

    Thanks for the scavenger hunt and your contest. And I always love your books!

    It is special as a reader to get to connect with authors and feel like you know the people who are writing. And I’ve enjoyed getting responses from authors when I’ve shared my reviews.

  91. Jane Davis says:

    Love your books! Especially like that they’re based on the lives of real people. Your friend Robin Carroll recommended you to me. I had gotten caught up on all she had published at the time and she posted that I should read you. So thankful that she did!

  92. Ginger Bohannon says:

    I am enjoying finding lots of new books to read. I spend a lot of my time reading since I lost my husband.

  93. Judy Cooper says:

    I think having these give-a-ways is a great way!

  94. Heather Nicholson says:

    I love these giveaways and I also love connecting with authors on Facebook!!!

  95. Dawn Crawford says:

    It is good to give authors feedback on the books they are writing. I have sent comments to a few of my favorite authors.

  96. Julie Smith says:

    I believe authors like positive feedback even more than they realize, and I’m happy to give it! I also think they value word of mouth recommendations, since that’s how my friends & family still pass on their great reads. I like it when the author takes the time to answer your comment you leave on their blog or FB page (or tweet) when you are making an honest effort to say something, other than “I would love to win your free stuff…”. 🙂

  97. Loving the Scavenger Hunt! And I love connecting with (“stalking” LOL) authors. Because sometimes they turn into delightful friends like YOU!

  98. I think if authors can be personable with the readers that is nice. There is nothing that upsets me more than when you love an author and then find out they are rude and don’t want to have anything to do with their readers.

  99. Writing is such a quiet life that I’m sure hearing from readers is all the more reason to have joy. Authors have been so kind when they know I left a review. It’s the least I can do for the work I know they put into it.

    juliearduini at juliearduini dot com

  100. Stephanie C. says:

    I look forward to reading your books! Thank you for being a part of this Hunt!

  101. Sharma Darby says:

    I recently started reading Amish books so yours are definitely in my bucket list. Sharma Darby

  102. CharleneMcD says:

    I find myself interacting with a few authors and absolutely love it. But, I don’t do it too often because I don’t want to take away from their writing time. I can’t wait to read that next book by my favorite authors. It really isn’t what you as an author can do to show your appreciation. You do that with the give aways and contests. Just keep on sharing your inspirations with us and that is the greatest gift a fan can receive.

  103. Barb says:

    Thank you for encouraging us to interact with authors more; I’m going to try to do that.

  104. Donna says:

    I didn’t realize until recently how important the reviews were for the authors. I love all of the christian authors and am so thankful for them!!

  105. I have really enjoyed interacting with different Christian fiction authors…including Jody! One thing I really appreciate that several of these authors do is just respond. Respond to an email or facebook message. It really makes me feel special that these authors will take time out of their busy lives to connect with me. One author has even answered questions and offered to help me with my own writing attempts! I’ve also been able to meet a couple of authors to hang out and even have lunch. What a blessing!

  106. Linda D. McFarland says:

    I love Jody Hedlund’s books. I try to always do a review after I finish one of her books & send a note to let her know. Jody always responds to any e-mails I’ve sent. She is so personable. If you haven’t read her books, I encourage you to do so. The scavenger hunt is a wonderful way to meet new authors. Thanks for the opportunity! Linda

  107. Marianne says:

    I review the novels I read on my blog Reviewing Novels Online, as well as DeeperShopping, Amazon, CBD, Librarything, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Facebook and Twitter. I love it when I get a book from an author, but they bless me with their blogs!

  108. Kai W. says:

    I love receiving your eNewsletter. Help me to know what books are coming up and some of life’s experience. from your point of view.

  109. Jean says:

    Thank you for hosting this “hunt”!

  110. Kelsey P. says:

    I think opportunities like this scavenger hunt are a great way to show readers how authors appreciate them. Thanks!

  111. I have been learning that since I started blogging and following authors on FB and Twitter. I would say you can just keep writing good books, oh and of course the contest/giveaways help too, lol, but as long as you keep writing good books we’ll keep reading them even if we have to buy them.


  112. Wendi Dusek says:

    It’s nice to know that authors such as yourself are appreciative of your readers. I know if I have a chance to comment on a book, I do. Usually by word of mouth. I am getting better at using FB and Twitter though. The appreciation that our authors show by having giveaways such as these are a great way to say thank-you, but the story itself has always been my gift from the author.

  113. Paula Preston says:

    I look forward to reading your books!

  114. Melanie Backus says:

    I love and appreciate authors. In fact, I am in awe of them. To be able to take the written word and have the patience and endurance to turn the words into a book. Wow! Thank you and keep up the good work. I am thrilled to know how important the reader is to an author. We just go hand in hand!

  115. Pam Nelson says:

    I do know how much authors appreciate our input, which is why I love to leave reviews on the books I read. I think most of the authors do a great job of letting us know how much they appreciate us as readers. The amazing interaction I have received on FB as well as free books is a perfect example!

  116. As a new author whose first book is just in the process of being published now, I understand how much reader feedback means although I haven’t received any yet.
    I know it means the world to many authors. 🙂

  117. bn100 says:

    Yes, maybe responding positively to readers

  118. Teresa Organ says:

    I like the scavenger hunts and the giveaways.

  119. Stacey Zink says:

    I love communicating with my favorite authors. What a blessing to share ideas and form relationships.

  120. Kathleen L. Maher says:

    Gordeous cover on your new book! Looks divine

  121. Heidi says:

    I love connecting with authors on facebook and blogs! Ways that I feel appreciated as a reader are when authors offer extras on their blogs like some backstory, a deleted scene, an alternate ending, etc. Free e-books or novellas are always fun too!

  122. Jackie Tessnair says:

    I love your books and I think just commenting on reviews and shared post about your books on facebook and

  123. Issy says:

    I love when authors take the time to respond personally to your comments 🙂 I also love following authors on their blog sites/websites to get some insights about their lives and their books 🙂

  124. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    I didn’t realize we had such an impact. My favorite times are to interact online with authors. I know y’all are uber busy but when you interact on social sites like Facebook, it makes you more real and I want to read your books more because I am more invested in the story by getting to know who wrote it. 🙂

  125. Katharine Baird says:

    I’m glad to know authors appreciate their readers!

  126. Claudia Davis says:

    I grew up in rural southwest Michigan with Amish all over. I enjoyed buying their homemade items (especially apple butter!) but they were just a part of my daily life not anything exceptional. Since I have moved away from my hometown I have found I cannot get enough of Amish literature!

  127. Rachel says:

    It’s not something I used to think much about. I don’t know why, but I guess I always assumed that authors were too busy to take much notice of their fans. Lately though, I’ve realized that is not true. From things I’ve seen on some of the author’s facebook pages that I’m a fan on, to seeing the reviews that can be done (sometimes in exchange for free books if you meet certain criteria), to seeing articles like the one above. Honestly, I think that a simple response to a comment here and there from the author is a big enough show of appreciation. I know the few times that I’ve said something to an author, and they respond, I always feel excited to see that the author took the time to say hello and answer my comment/question. 🙂

    • Jody Hedlund says:

      Hi Rachel,

      I think social media has helped authors and readers connect in ways they never could do before. Authors may not always have time to respond to everything, but I do like jumping in and letting my readers know how much I appreciate all their encouragement and support! 🙂

  128. Ruth Kyser says:

    Thanks for the article and a chance to win. Enjoyed stopping by!

  129. Joy says:

    Leaving comments to a fan is the greatest you can do which most do

  130. Allison Ruvidich says:

    This is exciting!

  131. Becky says:

    Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt! I’ve never heard of Bill Coleman photos but they are beautiful!

  132. Lisa Medeiros says:

    The photos done but Bill are amazing! I love learning more about authors and the inspiration behind the stories they write! 🙂

  133. Lisa Metcalfe says:

    Thank you 🙂

  134. Nat Homgren says:

    The best way to let an author know they are appreciated, and you enjoy their work is to SHARE it…recommend it and pass that word along! 😉 Keep up the great work you’all!

  135. Elaine Ellen says:

    I think you are showing us your appreciation with this Scavenger Hunt! Thank you for being a part of it!

  136. Hillary Nobuoka says:

    Isn’t mutual appreciation and gratitude great?
    I’m still thankful for those Toll House cookies! Now I look forward to becoming a reader, too.
    By the way, what is/was the toll house itself? My great, great grandfather was the tollgate keeper on the Barlow Road, the last stretch of the Oregon Trail.
    Responding to comments is good when you can do that, but just knowing fan letters and readers’ comments are important to you goes a long way towards encouraging two-way appreciation.

  137. Robyn Conners says:

    Social media has been a great way of finding out how much writers are appreciated and in return writers letting us know. The connection brings our worlds much closer. And of course this Scavenger Hunt! Thanks for the interview I have added Jody Hedlund to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  138. Susan Johnson says:

    I love getting to know some of my favorite authors, and those I haven’t read yet. It makes the books more interesting.

  139. Heather Olsen says:

    Keep writing GREAT books!

  140. Brenda Ayers says:

    I love reading your books but have not read the newest ones you have written. I would love to add them to my library.

  141. Becki says:

    I love the advent of Facebook! Not only do I get to stay more closely connected with my family and friends from out of state, I can follow my favorite authors and “be a part” of their lives (but not in the creepy, stalker style :p)

  142. Cricket Stranz says:

    I read the Stoney Ridge Seasons Series and the The Lancaster County Series. I really like the bee keeper in the Stoney Ridge series. My dad is the one who introduced me to your books. He bought my step mom The Choice and she already read it so he gave it to me. I enjoy your books.

  143. Valerie says:

    Thanks for participating in this hunt. SO nice to meet so many new authors!

  144. Kim Justice says:

    What a great question: I am not only just a reader but I read and review. But as a reader I have personally met several Authors and I can only say with the exception of a few I so enjoyed the meeting and conversing with them later on. So for this I would encourage more Authors so be friendly, don’t just pass us off to your editor or etc. Being personal I know is hard to do due to having some many readers but it is an awesome thing to actually get to know you all and as to why you write and etc.

  145. Erin says:

    I never really considered how much authors valued feedback. We all like comments on our work, it just never occurred to me to do so. I guess I assumed that sales proved an author’s worth.

    Thank you for participating in the Scavenger Hunt!

  146. Kristen says:

    I can imagine how awesome it is to get good feedback from readers! I like to meet authors, but I can’t usually get to conventions, so events in local venues would be a good way to visit with the fans. Also, make sure to hit the whole country–some of my favorite authors go on tours, but don’t come anywhere near me.

  147. aimymichelle says:

    i’m not sure, i think most authors now at least christian ones are very inviting and it really is amazing how they interact online with readers.

  148. Amanda Arrowood says:

    Love meeting new authors.

  149. Molly R. Moody says:

    I love following different authors on Facebook and have even found new ones to read from recommendations by authors I currently read. I think most authors do an excellent job with the contests they offer on their web page/ blog/ and or Facebook page. I’m on the “street team” as some authors call them for two of the authors I read and I keep hoping my favorite author will start one but I think she’s too busy writing as she’s averaging one book a month. I hope to meet many of my favorites this coming spring when the RWA national conference is held her in San Antonio. I too would love to see some make a stop here in one of their tours, since San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city I can’t understand why it’s almost always skipped. It would also be nice if some of the signings were held during the day because I no longer drive and don’t like being out after dark as it’s not safe.

  150. Brianna says:

    I did realize that authors value feedback. I want to be an author one day and am working on books and sometimes I let my friends read them and I like feedback.

  151. ladysaotome says:

    I do know how much author’s value feedback. The best repayment is continuing to invest yourself in your writing. 🙂

  152. Angie Carroll says:

    I think it would be the same for anybody who wants to be appreciated or respected for our talents!

  153. Jody Hedlund is delightful! I can’t wait to read Rebellious Heart! As a reader, I love being able to let an author know how much their writing means to me, through emails, blog post, and reviews. Having a dialog with an author is wonderful!

  154. Polly Schneider says:

    I didn’t realize how much authors appreciate their readers. I will try to show my appreciation more. Thanks for the giveaway. It is a good way to show your appreciaion yo hour readers.

  155. MarieP. says:

    I think this scavenger hunt is a wonderful way Authors can show they appreciate their fans. I also appreciate receiving newsletters with news on their writing progress, inspiration etc. It is always fun to have a shot at winning a book drawing:)

  156. Jamie Smith says:

    I think the authors I have connected with have done a great job of communicating. Everyone is so busy and I love that people take the time to acknowledge their fans.

  157. It’s only been since I started connecting with authors on the internet that I’ve really thought about the whole showing appreciation / author’s appreciating it topic. I have only been writing and posting reviews (including on my blog) since last spring. I know that when I receive a notification that an author has “Liked” my review I get it.

    I know that for me whenever I find giveaways of books (through sites like this or Goodreads) it helps me to feel the connection between reader and author. Thank you very much for being a part of the scavenger hunt.

  158. Paula says:

    Loving this scavenger hunt (as I have the others) because I “find” authors I am not familiar with! I am a voracious reader, and have contacted/met several authors through the years.

  159. Sharyl B. says:

    I love reading your books and think you do a wonderful job of communicating to your readers.

  160. Barbara Thompson says:

    I did not realize how much the readers matter until I became disabled and my niece bought my Kindle Fire and I started reading the blogs and
    author’s websites. I believe the giveaways are a good way to show appreciation to the readers. Thank you for having a giveaway.

  161. Jessica White says:

    I really have to review more books now that I’ve started reading fiction again. I also recommend books for the library to purchase that I think are great reads. But my favorite thing so far is following authors on FB because I get to really know little bits about the writer vs just the characters and places of their work.

  162. Julie Haefner says:

    Would love to win the gift certificate for Bill Coleman’s prints. I just bought one for my mother’s birthday. She loved it! Very vibrant colors!

    Love your books. I always hate when they end. It is like losing a family member without the daily “contact”.

  163. Rach Merritt says:

    I love the Amish genre especially from Woods. Totally live Judy Hedland as well!

  164. Angi says:

    Jody, I love your books! In fact, I’m reading A Noble Groom right now and enjoying it. I love getting in touch with authors and letting them know how much their books mean to me. I SO appreciate the time and effort that goes into writing a story. And despite the fact that the authors that I keep in contact with are so busy, they always take a minute to get back to me. That means a lot! Thank you for sharing with us. 🙂

  165. Litany L says:

    oh his photography is very captivating!!

  166. Litany L says:

    Maybe startign a group on fb or something to get feedback on your books like form an allies so your readers can get snippits of upcoming books, help you promote, etc. kindof like a street team but more like a family.

  167. Judy B says:

    Authors can show their appreciation by having book contests, giveaways, book signings, and interacting with us on FB, Pinterest, or Twitter.


  168. Denise S. says:

    Twitter, facebook, etc are great ways to communicate with your fans. You could offer contests.

  169. Continue writing your wonderful Christian stories that are readable by any age. So thankful for the wholesome reading. Appreciate your interviews, giveaways you sign, and sharing yourself on Facebook and your blogs. Thank you for all you do. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  170. glenda alexander says:

    I love the scavenger hunt, I have found some really great authors by participating. This is a wonderful way to let the readers know about you.

    Thank you for the scavenger hunt and for the giveaway!

  171. Bonnie Haefner says:

    Love your books! Thanks for the chance to win.

  172. Wilma DeCamp says:

    I would think that an author would be thrilled to hear feedback from their readers on how their book had impacted lives…especially in the genre of Inspirational Fiction. As for what the writer can do…..just keep on using your God-Given gift to bring glory to the One who deserves it the most….Jesus Christ. Thanks for sharing your gift with us!

  173. Amy Dirks says:

    I really love to hear that author’s love to hear from readers… I always feel really special when I send them a email saying that I loved their book and they respond back. It means a lot.

  174. Glenda says:

    As a Reading and Writing teacher, I have come to know and value the importance of a reader’s feedback. I have also been privileged to do a couple of ARC’s and get to post reviews for authors. I am working on a reading a book to be an influencer for Melissa Jagears, I can’t wait to be able to post reviews for her.

  175. Dorie says:

    Just keep writing good solid christian books.

  176. Joan A says:

    I look forward to reading your books!

  177. Jeana Clements says:

    We need more authors like you! Keep writing! 🙂

  178. Sonja says:

    You are one of my absolute favorite authors. I even love reading Lily Lapp books! (I know they are for kids, but I have read them too!)

  179. I enjoy being friends on facebook with my favorite authors. I can keep up with when there new book are coming out and many give me chances to win a book or be an influencer or a reviewer. I really appreciate when they like or even respond to a comment because I know they have seen my feedback and care what I think or how I feel; however, I know they are very busy so just having them participate in contests like this is great! Thanks for your contribution and for this opportunity!

  180. Leanna Morris says:

    How nice to be reminded author’s like their reader’s feedback. It’s a great way to make a connection with people you can’t meet… Giveaways are always a great way of showing appreciation. Thank you for participating in this blog hop.

  181. Valeria Rome says:

    I was moved by the attempt to know your readers more… We realize that you all are busy and have families of your own, but to be included in your inner world via Facebook, twitter or Pinterest leaves me speechless. I think authors who value us as readers and seek some personal interaction truly become special members of our family. Thanks for valuing our input.

  182. Tammie Grosh says:

    This scavenger hunt has opened my eyes and I’m only at stop 13. I have already experienced what you are saying I left a comment on Laura Frantz facebook page at stop 1 and I have already received a comment back. What an outlet for conversation. Thanks so much!!

  183. Karen Funk says:

    Glad to read your blog and learn more about an author whose books I have read. Thanks for your part in the scavenger hunt and for this giveaway.

  184. Kortney says:

    Just keep on writing these great books!

  185. JoElle Rau says:

    Once I commented on Julie Lessman’s page about one of her books! And she commented back, I was so thrilled and I remember thinking wow she is talking to me! I guess I never realized how much reader feedback means! Thank you for doing what you do!

  186. Karen G says:

    It was a pleasure getting to know you – and I love that you like hearing from your readers. I look forward to reading your work. 🙂

  187. Connie Hendryx says:

    Wow–going through this scavenger hunt I’ve found so many authors I want to read! You all are so talented…I can’t wait until my daughter’s book gets published (it is under review right now)…such an exciting time! Thank you for all that you have done for us, the readers!

  188. flchen1 says:

    Just keep writing those fabulous stories–that’s what we readers love from you authors 😉 Thanks!

  189. Bonnie says:

    Hi, Jody!

    In the last few months, I have made a point of reading posts on many Christian fiction author’s blogs, listening to audio/video interviews, learning, & viewing, as much as possible re: the ACFW conference, reading posts on writer’s blogs, etc. – in order to form an idea of just what is involved in the long journey from an idea to book publication, promotion, & beyond, for an author. To say that I am astounded by the amount of work, patience, time, etc. that is involved – would be an understatement. I find it hard to even comprehend how an author accomplishes all the many tasks involved with being a published author, especially when she has a family &/or additional occupation.

    I have read numerous comments from authors, re: how much they appreciate reader’s input, reviews, & comments, etc. on their books, I have also read numerous times that writing is a solitary occupation. I have developed a much greater appreciation for the Christian author’s whose books I read, & bear all that I have discovered – in mind – when I read their books now.

    I have now made it a point to comment, encourage, review, etc. authors on a daily basis. I think most authors go out of their way to show appreciation to their readers, & can’t really think of anything else a author could do – except, maybe feature a different reader each month on her blogs, in some way?

    I just want to thank all Christian fiction authors/writers for the wonderful books they write, & are writing – I appreciate, & love them so much – & they mean even more when I consider the reasons for their being written, namely, to inspire, & point out ways of healing one’s problems through the Lord.

    Jody, thanks so much for your thoughtful post – I’ve also enjoyed your recent post on the ways that readers can help their authors.


  190. jennifer mathis says:

    most authors do so much already 🙂 just keep writing and we readers will stay happy

  191. Carole says:

    The Internet – and mainly social media, I guess – has made it so easy for authors and readers to communicate. I try to drop authors a note when I particularly enjoy their books, and am thrilled to often get a response back. I know your time is valuable, but that means a lot to us.

  192. Joleen says:

    I love, love, love, love, love Jody’s books! And what a sweetheart to boot. 🙂 Thanks for hosting her.

  193. Jasmine A. says:

    I have helped several authors promote their books over the last year and it has really taught me that authors need encouragement just as much if not more.

    As a reader I love just chatting with or receiving a note/email from an author. That one-on-one makes me feel pretty special.

  194. Sharon Coon says:

    I have just found the delight in finding out more about authors on facebook and through these scavenger hunts. I am finding new authors and friends and books each time. Thank you very much.

  195. Authors don’t owe readers anything – y’all write such wonderful stories that captivate us and send us on journeys we could only hope of ever going on ourselves. I adore authors and work with several…to be honest, I don’t think authors always get thanked enough! {So THANK YOU for all that you do for us!}

  196. ka kowalski says:

    I love that social media now allows us to connect to authors. I feel like authors are so busy just writing and trying to sell books; they don’t have time to listen to readers. I loved this blog. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. I’m also happy to read that Jody is from Michigan. It’s fun to learn about authors who live in your area or visit your area. Thank you!

  197. Becky says:

    This is stop 13. Did you know that it says stop #12 next to the clue? Hmmm…I was wondering if you were playing on the word “distopian” by trying to create a little misery. LOL Thanks for participating!

  198. I try to show my support of the authors I read by blogging my reviews, sharing them on Facebook, and, when I remember, posting my reviews on other sites. Doing things like giveaways, newsletters, blogs with sneak peaks into your books and writing tips, and advanced reader copies are all AWESOME ways of showing you are fans of your readers 🙂 I can’t think of anything better.
    I haven’t read any Jody Hedlund books yet, but A Noble Groom is on my to read list!

  199. Rina says:

    Love to hear that author’s love us readers! 🙂 I know some authors don’t read the reviews of their books since it can be depressing, but I always find it encouraging when an author comments on a review of their book on my blog.

  200. Paul says:

    I think it’s great that you’re participating in the scavenger hunt, and helping people discover other authors.

  201. darci says:

    I think this is a really interactive and fun way to check out different authors and to get some other interesting reads on my bookshelf that I may have not thought about checking out prior.

  202. Krystal says:

    I had no idea that reader feedback was so important to writers. I have reached out to less than a handful of writers in the past, but I think I’m going to change that. Once I thought about what you said, I would probably be thrilled to tears to have someone reach out to me about something I created.

  203. Lynda E. says:

    I realized that authors valued feedback, but we readers like the feedback, too, so thank for letting us know it! And thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt.

  204. Jordan Sims says:

    I LOVE interacting with my favorite authors through Facebook. It makes them feel like real friends!

  205. Rebecca D says:

    I had not realized how much authors value reader’s feedback. One of the wonderful things about the technology we have today is that it allows us to interact with authors like never before. I value the FB chats and returned emails from my favorite authors and I love how open faithful they are in responding to comments and questions. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

  206. Linda says:

    I love Bill’s photos!!! That would be an awesome win. Enjoyed the hunt as well.

  207. julie says:

    Beautiful art

  208. Amy says:

    I certainly don’t expect to hear back from authors, but it’s always an extra special treat when I do. I enjoy getting responses from reviews and/or emails, and those are fun things to file away. My daughter was especially excited to get a great email from a letter to an author. On the more concrete side, I’ve been sent gift cards, bookmarks, and even a shirt – and it’s very fun to wear that shirt out and about and tell everyone who asks about that author’s wonderful books!

  209. Linda Landreth says:

    I wish more authors would come to Corpus Christi, TX. I have met some elsewhere and feel closer ( more loyal, perhaps) after I fphave met them and exchanged a few words with them. There are a lot of readers here, and we seem to be off the tour schedules. Y’all come!

  210. Jessica says:

    I had not until recently really considered that readers and authors are important to each other. It wasn’t until I started reading self published works that it clicked.

  211. Sara Wise says:

    What lovely photographs!

  212. Angela says:

    I think FB and twitter have really opened up the communication between author’s and their readers. When I comment about books, or do a book review and get a personal response from the author it feels like a brush with greatness!

  213. Allison T Jones says:

    I didn’t realize that authors appreciate feedback on their books – when their books are good, I assume they know how good they are! Facebook has made it easier to tell an author I like his or her books – so I will try to tell authors more often how much I appreciate them!

  214. ANN*H says:

    Great scavenger hunt. I think authors show readers their appreciation by giving us reviews or parts of the books and contests for books to. Im sure they do appreciate us buying and reading their books.

  215. Julie N. says:

    It has been so neat to interact with my favorite authors on different social media sites, to follow along with the works in progress.

  216. KayM says:

    I really didn’t know until the last couple of years that authors did like to get feedback from their readers. I’ve tried to be mindful of that by writing notes now and then. I have received some very nice and unexpected responses.

  217. Cindi Altman says:

    The best way for authors to show appreciation to their readers is to continue to write good fiction.
    Many times authors get too caught up in deadlines and stop writing good stories. I’d rather have to wait for a book than be disappointed with it.

  218. June Shirey says:

    I love Amish Pictures. I would love to win this and add them to my house.

  219. Dawn says:

    I look forward to reading your books and sharing them with my mother.

  220. Tiffany DeOs says:

    I think having facebook parties and commenting on the blog posts of those who blog about us makes us feel appreciated. I love when an author responds when I write something about them. Makes me feel amazing.

  221. michelle conti says:

    love your blog 🙂

  222. Nancy M. says:

    It’s really nice to hear how much it means to authors, because it means a lot to me to hear back from them when I have sent a message letting them know what their book meant to me or how much I enjoyed reading it. Jody’s books have caused me to lose sleep and not get work done in the house for a day or so when I’ve read them. 🙂

  223. Anncan2 says:

    Look forward to reading your books. It’s always exciting meeting new authors.

  224. Cathy Faist says:

    Hello. I have to say that I have not yet ‘read you’ but now I plan to delve into one of your books soon. You seem so down to earth and easy going, esp with your fans, so in my opinion, your writing would be much the same ‘personality’. God Bless and thanks for the contest and fun!!

  225. Connie R. says:

    Love these scavenger hunts!

  226. I’m not sure how authors could show us more than they already are. I’m a book reviewer so I get to see it all right up close and personal & I’ll be honest I’m in it for the books. LOL – Thanks for all that you do!

    Tina ‘the book lady’
    CCB – Classic Children’s Books

  227. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us! I love when authors share where their story ideas come from.

  228. Cheri Schueller says:

    I didn’t realize. I appreciate social media making it easier to be in contact with our favorite authors! Just seeing even their daily posts and seeing the things we have in common is encouraging. I absolutely love giveaways. I love being given a first book of a series, because then I am hooked and have to buy the rest of the series!!

  229. Kimberly Taylor says:

    Bill’s photographs are so lovely. I enjoy his screensaver ones very much 🙂

  230. Genny says:

    I think you all do a great job! I love your books and have all of them. I wait until I have all of them in a series before I start reading the first one though, so I can’t wait until you come out with the rest! It must be so frustrating (?) (maybe not the right word) for your readers to go though a book you have worked on for a year or so in a couple of days – I can’t imagine!

  231. Sarah says:

    I really didn’t realize that Authors appreciated the feedback given. I agree with what some of the others said. Keep responding as much as possible & keep giving us great books to read! 🙂

  232. Shirley Ashley says:

    That is interesting that Authors appreciate feedback! 😉 Thanks!

  233. Sharon says:

    Authors can help us by Continuing to write!!

  234. Lisa Cowell says:

    The giveaways are great. Even if I don’t win one, I find new authors to add to my must-read list.

  235. I blog and I write a LOT of book reviews! 🙂 It would be wonderful to receive feedback from the authors on my reviews that I write. I totally geek out about it and often times rave about how excited I am on facebook! 🙂 I love it!

  236. Sheila McIntyre says:

    I love how you keep posts/notes from readers about your books…it makes readers feel so valued!!

  237. Kimberly Chandler says:

    You’re books are awesome! Can’t wait to read the next one!

  238. janet says:

    An Amish painting would be great. I Love how calm they make me feel

  239. Rose Blackard says:

    awesome pictures!

  240. Rose Blackard says:

    love the contest!

  241. Rose Blackard says:

    thank you for a great contest

  242. Rose Blackard says:

    Your books are wonderfull

  243. Abigail Leigh says:

    I love seeing comments on facebook from authors about how much comments from readers mean to them!

  244. Joelle S. says:

    I always like when authors hold a special promotion to name a character in one of their stories after a reader.

  245. desiree says:

    i uslaly do and then i get the authro good reviews and then i ask them about the book and then the swag if they have any then if i get them i blog on them

  246. cynthia fernstaedt says:

    Having recently begun connecting with authors, I felt like a school kid again. The first time you saw a teacher in the grocery store and realized they were not just a teacher, but a real person also! Love what you have shared about authors and readers.

  247. Lisa wilson says:

    I want to read all your books ,Suzanne& all the books by the other authors in the hunt. Oh so many books, so little time.

  248. Cyndi Wilson says:

    It’s always nice to remember that authors are real, everyday folks like us… and just as I like to be encouraged, they do, too! I think most of the authors I follow (like yourself) do an excellent job in interacting with their readers. And I love the giveaways, etc. 🙂

  249. Susan Vance says:

    I have enjoyed reading books by Suzanne Woods Fisher