I work in a warehouse setting that is big, loud and dusty. I watch the associates, as the workers are called, walk in with their books and e-readers. On their ever-so-brief breaks they flip and scroll, reading as much as they can. And I know at our warehouse, not many of them can afford the luxury of lots of books. So the fact that they spent their hard-earned dollars on books is a point to take. Something I have pondered lately.
While I have yet to see but two associates reading my books, it is a thought never far from mind when I write. My books will be bought somewhere by someone who very likely will work in a place like this. They might very well have limited funds and the fact they might pick my book to spend their money on is humbling. I know by the sales figures and reviews, people are buying and reading my books. So I figure I owe them.
I also figure all writers owe our readers. True, we write for ourselves, writing what we like to read. That is how I got started with ‘Whispers in her Heart’. It had everything I like in a book. However, we also, as authors, need to stop and consider the reader who is plunking down their money on a book with our name on it based on the cover, the back blurb or cover tagline, a recommendation, a review or (hopefully) just because it’s our name on the cover.
To that end, we need to be the best writer we can be, creating the best book we can, not only for our publisher but for our reader.