Thursday, 28 June 2012
From A.Writer to A.Reader:
Many thanks for reading my book. It took me a long time to write and I know you spent many hours with it. I hope some of the characters and moments stay with you a long time after you closed the back cover.
I very much appreciate the 8% royalty that will come my way. You owe me nothing.
However. Do you know how many authors don’t care about their ratings on Amazon? How many don’t read the comments made? How many never check on Goodreads, or Barnes and Noble, or Google books, or Shelfari, or even libraryThing? Me either, but I bet it’s not a big number. Bottom line – if you spend a few moments writing a few words to say you liked my book, I will notice. It will make a difference to me. Consider it a thank you. Consider it a gift. Consider it charity. But consider it!
I think more letters of complaint are written in the world than thank you notes. If somebody or something riles us, we’re apt to kick up a fuss. When a book rubs someone the wrong way they’re likely to spend quite a while telling the world exactly how bad it is. When a book delivers exactly what we want ... we’re happy to move on and say no more.
So this is an open letter from Writing to Reading. Don’t ever think the writing side isn’t interested in your opinion and don’t ever think a kind word in the right place isn’t appreciated.