The Modern Writer: Authors and Audience

The modern era has brought an unprecedented level of connectivity to the world in general, and that has spilled over into the world of the modern writer.

With Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and an Author’s website, readers can interact with their favorite authors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This level of contact can present both problems and advantages, both for the author and their audience.

One of the advantages of the increased connectivity for authors is the ability to find and interact with their audience. For a new author, this could be the difference between mediocre sales and good sales.

The ability to speak straight to your readers means that you can spread the word about your book and get involved with online groups that are relevant to your content.

For the readers, this new world provides the ability to get to know your favorite authors, to follow their progress on their new works and provide feedback directly.

A problem for the author is that there can be increased pressure to complete your next book as readers watch over your shoulder. A constantly connected world, and the rise of self-publishing, means that the turnaround time for getting that next book out there is increasingly short.

There’s also the “Stolen Ideas” problem. This has especially been an issue with fanfiction. Essentially, readers postulate ideas or scenarios which the author may have already written, but because the fans publish the fanfic, it looks like the author stole the idea from the fan.

Overall, though, I feel that the benefits of increased connectivity will outweigh the problems caused by it. But what do you think?

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One comment on “The Modern Writer: Authors and Audience

  1. At the moment, I think it’s okay, but I think as more and more readers connect with authors, the pressure will build. I also believe authors need to be more careful than ever with what they say. They can tick off one reader and it can go viral.

    Sometimes I think distance is a good thing. Right now, one wrong or misunderstood comment could cast someone in a light they never intended to be in.

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