Let me pick your brain about writers, readers and how they intersect.

I’ve noticed over the years since self publishing became a thing, that there seems to be a weird trend among us writerly folks. It seems we seek out other writers instead of readers. I’ll admit, I do it. Why? Because sometimes the easiest way to find a reader is to find a writer first.

But what a ridiculous notion. I feel like we’re looking in the wrong place. It would be like me asking my friend to use my plumbing, because he’s a plumber by trade.

And I don’t believe all readers are writers or would ever want to be writers, so that means there’s potentially a lot of folks we’re not reaching. Why? Because they’re harder to find? Because we’re too lazy to find them? Because we like the company of less judge-y writers? Because…..

Any rate, something I’ve noticed over the years. It’s like we’re the congregation of readers where membership dues comes in the price of ink.

What do you think? Thoughts? Have you noticed this as well? What’s your remedy? Have a cigarette, or better yet let Lauren Bacall have one, and let’s talk.


8 thoughts on “Let me pick your brain about writers, readers and how they intersect.

  1. I’m really curious to hear some discussion on this. So, I’m gonna tag a few insightful people and see if I can’t get some interesting feedback and advice.

    Calling all cars, calling all cars: Kelsye Nelson, Meg Winkler, Jennifer Word, Sarah Allen, Nicole Wilson, author, Dionne Lister, Morgen Bailey, Amy Knepper, John Ward, kat Folland, MJ Bush.

    That’s it. I won’t tag anymore. And it turns out that most of the almost 200 folks in my Writers Circle are women. Or, I don’t think men are insightful. Either way, I’m apparently sexist against men when it comes to writing.


  2. She does do it prettily. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    One reason might be, and I know it applies to me, is that many of us enjoy talking about writing, and nobody but a writer wants to hear that shit lol.

    I’m interested to be part of this conversation.

    See? :p๏ปฟ


  3. If I’m going to be talking about writing or my books, I do tend towards writers, not because I feel safe or less judged there, but because they can tell me what’s wrong and sometimes even tips on how to fix it. ๏ปฟ


  4. I think it’s mostly that writers are easier to find. We congregate.

    And where readers do congregate, we have to be very careful about how we bring up our books. With writers, we can slip into the conversation because we have a topic in common. That’s more natural, and more comfortable for both parties.


  5. kat Folland : you got that right. We do like talking about our stuff, George Carlin style. But from a sales point, I just wonder how that applies. I don’t know. Just seems odd to me.

    Nicole Wilson : Yeah, true. Constructive criticism is nice. And readers (who aren’t writers) may not always be constructive. But writers aren’t always constructive, either. Some of the worst and most annoying criticisms I’ve seen of others works online have been from one writer to another, unfortunately. Usually an older gentleman attacking a younger person who is just starting out, which is uncalled for. I tend to get very mad when that happens.

    MJ Bush : True that. It is easier to find writers online, than readers. All these writer communities and websites and #amwriting hashtags. And yes, we writers can be the worst at advertising. THE WORST. Just look around Twitter at a few authors, and it won’t take long to find automated tweets and DMs. And no person. I’m convinced those are just robots advertising for their books. And I refuse to read Robot Literature.

    Is it safe to say we all have anxieties about talking to readers?


  6. kat Folland : I hate marketing my own stuff. I don’t mind being someone’s social media guru and marketer. It’s the, “I’m awesome, you should buy me,” stuff that weirds me out.


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