We all see posts by authors, myself included, about sales numbers, rankings, reviews, and other things that we accept with glee. I know during a debut month, these things are very important. They can make or break an author’s confidence. Well, I’m not going to talk about the breaking point. I’m going to spend this week talking about other ‘rewards’ that an author may receive that goes beyond the numbers.
What do I mean by this? Well, I’m talking about the feeling that your book affected the reader. Did it make them rethink their life or simply bring a smile to their face? In a world where people seem to be more miserable than happy and it takes less effort to hate something than enjoy it, being an artist is becoming a thankless job. You get drawn and quartered for the smallest mistake while you never hear about how your book may have improved someone’s day. This really is a shame.
I’m sure there are many ways that this can happen, but I’m only going to mention a few this week:
- Fan Letter
- Fan Art
- Cosplay of characters
- People quote your book with credit
I admit that I’ve only received Fan Art and one or two fan letters. Both were only near the beginning of my writing career and the letters seemed to be more about what I did that upset the reader. Again, negativity and criticism seems to be so much easier to dole out than praise. Even alongside each other. That’s just a pet peeve though.
So that’s the topic of the day, but I think it’d be great to hear any stories about an author whose book touched someone and they were told so. Also readers can say how a book affected them and if they contacted the author.