Other than the perpetual hunt for quality stories, readers get the easy side of things. We get the free books when sells go down. We get the story in full without the awkward grammatical errors and the never-ending run-on sentences. We get the fruit of months of labor, the finished product, the jewel of every hard-working author.
Oftentimes, we tell authors to write for themselves. That’s what writing is about: sharing your story with the world. It doesn’t always work out that way though. In the end, authors are writing for their fans who will feast on their sweat-covered novels after prying them out of their tired hands. Authors work hard, too hard. As readers, we can take some of the load off their shoulders or at least foster an appreciation for what they do for us. We have the power:
- To motivate authors and to encourage them to keep up their craft. Reach out to authors. Tell them what you liked about their work.
- To influence which books become the most popular. Share your opinion with the world. Don’t keep quiet.
- To discover indie authors. We all love the popular authors because they write amazing books! Indie authors are often talented but unrecognized.
- To appreciate the entirety of authors’ novels. In this case, I am a hypocrite. I have a bad habit of skimming details even though I love writing them myself. Details are the heart of the story, and writers spend most of their time perfecting them. Be a better reader and don’t skim!
I’m sure that we are all wonderful readers, but let’s try to be even more wonderful!