Whose book is it anyhow?

By , 18 October 2006 9:01 pm

I have been thinking about the business of over-zealous fans. The great temptation for the author is to say, “Blow them, it’s my book, tough”. I actually wonder whether it’s isn’t more complicated than that. I wonder if by making a book public and having people buy it you don’t in some way enlist them into the process. I feel that in some strange way people who read the books and particularly those who enjoy them, do become linked to the creative process.

This all sounds terribly post-modern, and I’m still not willing to accept suggestions from my readers — that would produce a book designed by a committee. But I don’t really like the idea of the author sitting on some lofty pinnacle, hurling down some text at the plebs far below. And for the Christian author, as one like to think that readers do pray for you, there is a very real two-way process.

So if you enjoy my books, why not pray for the author?

One Response to “Whose book is it anyhow?”

  1. theplainstate says:

    If us fans want say in someone else’s story we will fantasy role play. Write your own book (just like you are planning on doing). We just see so many places you could take your story. We can’t help but predict.

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    If I were you I would be pretty darn impressed by the kind of fanbase your books are gaining. Benjamin for example. He isn’t your average 17 year old guy. I would prefer to have 1 fan like him over 1,000 of the kids who read the Perks of being a Wallflower. But of coarse you are not me. So we are likely not to think the same way, hence my far off ideas ;).

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