Do Authors Have a Responsibility to Their Readers?

The life they’ve chosen

I sometimes feel sorry (just a little) for celebrities who have paparazzi in their faces when they go out to eat or go to the gym. Imagine if they were going to get a Brazilian wax or some other personal appointment. And forget about hooking up for a kinky rendezvous. The whole world is always in their business making it difficult to live normal lives. If a celebrity does something stupid (who of us has never done anything stupid?) like lick a donut in a bakery and then put it back for someone else to buy (okay maybe not to that extent. That’s not only stupid, it’s disgusting and shows a lack of concern for the health and well being of others.) But when they do slip up, the whole world knows about it and often it takes a long time for the world to get over it. But as I stated, I only feel a little sorry for them, because for the most part, this is the life they’ve chosen.

 

YouTubers have a responsibility

My son likes watching YouTube videos, and some of the youtubers, although entertaining, annoy me because they use extremely foul language. I know… freedom of speech and parenting your child, etc. But these video gaming entertainers know that a large part of their audience is young children. For that reason, they should be careful about what they do and say because millions of impressionable children watch and imitate them. I strongly believe that if this is what they choose to do, then they have a responsibility to keep their material appropriate for the youngsters.

 

What about authors?

Lately I’ve been thinking about the responsibility authors – especially published authors – have to readers. The readers support us by buying our books, and sometimes, if we’re lucky, they write reviews. Our readers are the motivation to create great stories.  When we advertise or promote an upcoming book via interview, social media, the back content of a current book or any other means, we have a responsibility to our readers to deliver what we said we would.

 

Cancelled

cancelledA few years ago, I read all four books in a popular series. Like many fans of the series, I was disappointed to learn that publication of the fifth book – a version of the first book told from a different point of view – had been cancelled. The author had decided not to finish it because someone had leaked part of the story. However, since so much time had passed between the occurrence of the leak and the time I discovered the series, I was hoping the author would just shake it off and finish the book. Especially since so many fans had asked, begged and pleaded for book five. I’d checked her website from time to time, looking for info, but there was nothing. Eventually I found a version of the story which I believe was “completed” and posted by a fan, so I stopped checking the author’s website and moved on.

 


When an author chooses to introduce their writing to the world and offers a story, a sequel, even just an excerpt, we should make every effort to deliver.


 

Responsibility to my readers

I say all that to say this: Over the last few days, I’ve been reminded of my responsibility to my readers. On three occasions within as many days, someone mentioned Off Base, the sequel to my Military Romance, Forbidden Kisses.

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The most recent was this comment on my site from sjlmorgan.
The comment both made my day and broke my heart a little. Here was this reader who enjoyed book one and was ready for book two after reading the sample of Off Base in the back of book one. Basically she was saying, “Why did you even include the sample chapter? Now I want to read it and it’s not available.” The sad thing is, I haven’t even been working on Off Base. I started it, but when I suddenly got an idea for a brand new story. I put Off Base on the back burner so I could work on Remember Love.

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sjlmorgan isn’t the only reader waiting for the continuation of Layla and Ethan’s story. I went through my reviews and noted that there are at least sixteen reviews in which the reader expressed a desire to read Off Base.

Can’t wait for the second installment; hoping for another winner!

Can’t wait for their sequel!

I’m looking forward to following this love story into their next phase of the authors “Off Base”.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. 

I’m interested in what happens next to Eathan and Layla in the follow up story Off Base.

I look forward to reading about the progression of their love story.

Waiting for the sequel to follow these two souls in their HEA.

I’m anxious for the sequel that was briefly mentioned. I fully expect wedding bells for them. I won’t accept anything less.  Love this couple to moon and back. Thank you.

I can’t wait to see how the author extends the story line.

I can’t wait to read your next book.

Anxiously awaiting the sequel.

I can’t wait for the next book.

Can’t wait for Off Base!

I look forward to reading Sha Renee’s next book.

 

Because of all these comments and the responsibility I have to my readers (and my love for Layla and Ethan’s story),  I’ve decided to postpone my work on Remember Love and get back to writing Off Base. Thank you, sjlmorgan for that reminder.

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About Sha Renée

Sha Renée is a native New Yorker who joined the US Navy right after high school. She now lives in New Jersey where she creates stories on the pages where duty, honor and passion unite. Sha loves meeting people and attends book-signing events and conferences whenever she can. She also enjoys networking with other writers and is a member of RomVets (military women and veterans who are writers), Liberty States Fiction Writers and Marketing for Romance Writers. She is also the creator and organizer of Emerging Authors of New Jersey. A true nature lover, Sha enjoys spending time outdoors, usually with a camera in her hands. She has a passion for motorcycles and sports cars and is a fan of auto racing, military air shows and The X Games – pretty much any high-speed activity involving wheels or wings. She hates cooking, loves music and believes every day should include a cup of hot coffee and a glass of chilled wine.
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One Response to Do Authors Have a Responsibility to Their Readers?

  1. sjlmorgan says:

    I am blown away by this! And, you make excellent points that we can all take to heart. Your writing is amazing and is a testament to your commitment to entertaining your reader (reviews rarely lie). Waiting with baited breath, impatiently patient for the stellar follow up to Forbidden Kisses…we will wait!
    …and you are VERY welcome! Glad I could help…

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