Have I ever mentioned how much I love my readers? Probably not. Sadly, it’s one of those things that always seems to slip my mind because I’m so immersed in the writing aspect of the craft. So, let me proclaim it now. I LOVE my readers.
My BFF Debbie is one of the coolest chicks around. This past Easter weekend, I got a chance to meet the rest of her family/crew, which I affectionately call the Clayton Pack. They welcomed me in to their home and pretty much cheated at Phase 10. Well…not all of them. 😉 I won’t mention the person who had. But nonetheless, you gotta love ’em.
One of the awesomest people I met was Krystal, Debbie’s niece. I found out she had read Unstable Environment in one freakin’ day! Now whether or not it was good, I’m not asking. I’m just thrilled that she read my book and made it through to the end without hurling it across the room. When it comes to my readers, that’s all I ask for. While I care if they like my work or not, I’m more concerned with whether they’ve managed to finish it. If people knew the authors whose works I couldn’t finish to save my neck, they might think I was crack-brained. So that’s why I’m thrilled whenever I learn someone has made it to the end of my book(s). HUGS to Krystal! Girlfriend really made my day. 😀
Readers are the coolest folks around. They have no idea how much power that have over us writers. It’s not so much about getting their money or the reviews they leave on review sites–I don’t read them anyway. To me, it’s about capturing their imaginations and sharing a journey with them. That’s where the real power lies with both reader and writer. Readers can either accept the mission or completely bail on it . If they bail, then I’ve failed my task. If they see it through to the end, then they’ve lifted me to cloud nine. The liking or not liking my book comes second because opinions can just like the Powerball numbers.
This post goes out to all of my readers. You guys are awesome!
What’s important to you? That someone has read your work or what they thought of it? And whenever you recommend a book to someone, is it more important that the trust your judgment enough to read it or what they think of it?