I scrapped my original post because something caught my attention that I thought would be a great topic for IWSG. Tyrean Martinson posted on her blog and FB about the new Kindle Vella. She had questions about it and, like many authors, is considering it. Christine Rains' comment to Tyrean's post really stuck with me.
I've talked to a lot of authors who think serialization is the way of our future. Readers don't have the patience to wait for books for come out. They want satisfaction sooner.
That really stuck in my craw. Because it's not just books. It's everything no one has any patience to wait for. Everyone is demanding what they want NOW. And we keep rewarding that. Writing advice now tells authors to publish as soon as possible. Don't wait or you will lose readers. They'll find other books to read if you don't publish this instant!
But not only do they want it now, but they want it THEIR way. Tyrean brought up a best selling author who is planning on doing it. She's going to release ten chapters then write the rest based on reader feedback.
Whose feedback, I wonder. A best selling author has a lot of fans. They're going to have different opinions on how the book should go. How do you choose which ones to listen to? And what about the ones who's ideas get passed over? Would it be shocking if they got angry the story didn't go the way they wanted? The author promised she would take their input and yet here she is ignoring it. Doesn't she value them? They thought she cared about them. They saw her as not only an author, but friend.
You could argue that this is doomsday thinking. To a point, yes, it is, but it's also not. I'm a fan of Youtuber JackSepticEye. He's the equivalent of a best selling author with 25 million followers. One thing he has noted is how when he was younger, he over shared on his channel. He felt he had to in order to connect with the viewers. As such, the separation between celebrity and fan was flimsy. Fans didn't see themselves as fans, but as friends with him. They believed they knew everything about him, and some felt he owed them responses or attention because of that. Eventually, he put that barrier back up and set boundaries because people were getting unreasonable.
I think it's important to keep that separation between creator and fan. Otherwise, we risk fans believing they are entitled to dictate to us how we write, and getting offended when it doesn't happen. Yes, I write for others to enjoy my work, but I don't want add to a culture that makes people unable to cope with something not being their cup of tea. Especially, when they got that thing the instant they demanded it.
That's not healthy. Patience is a virtue. It's okay to not like every bit of entertainment you consume. There's nothing wrong with fanboying over a creator. But also realize they are not your BFF.
What are you thoughts? Are we creating a culture of instant gratification? How can we foster a healthy relationship with fans?
And before you go, A Quick Spell is releasing this month. I would appreciate all the help I can get in spreading the word. Thanks.