What do you think authors owe their readers?
Ramble: Is anyone surprised that there’s new internet kerfuffle in book-world? I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.
There’s a lot to be written about creator and audience interaction that could be applied to any of the creative fields: art, video, gaming, etc. But this time the kerfuffle is about readers and writers. (Because book-people do like a good kerfuffle.) And because we have THOUGHTS. Thoughts that we must express. Usually on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr (if you’re saucy). And these thoughts are PASSIONATE and often in capital letters (because you mean business.)
I thought Ilona Andrews had a thoughtful response to the whole debate about writer/reader interaction and expectation.
“So Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, posted a Writer’s Manifesto, and predictably things got heated, because she tackled some heavy issues including interaction with readers and reader entitlement. Several people asked me what I thought about it, probably because of the…
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