I caught this blog post on the web, entitled, “Readers Don’t Owe Authors Sh*t.” *sigh*
To paraphrase: the writer criticized indie authors. Not all of us, just those who believe their readers owe them a tweet of support, review, or positive word of mouth for their books.
I don’t believe my readers owe me anything. I’m wondering: if we don’t solicit reviews, tweets, or positive word-of-mouth, how do indie authors survive?
It’s a fact that if you’re not a mainstream author, you have an uphill battle with a rock tied to your back. It’s awfully narrow minded to call it a “dream job,” as she said. I worked every bit as hard when I was an author full time as I do in the classroom now.
But she’s right. Readers don’t owe authors anything, including positive word of mouth.
I will say, however, that if you’d like your favorite indie author to continue writing books, it would be a good idea to help him/her along the way.
What does this indie author owe you? I pledge to give you the best, most entertaining product I possibly can. Plus, if I ask you for a review, I’ll do it nicely.