Since the beginning of my memory, books have had a huge place in my life – whether books that were read to me, or books that I could read to myself. The only way these miraculous objects could exist was with people brave enough to create them – authors. Authors who put themselves out there and pour their hearts onto a page and deliberately throw their work out in front of the masses to get devoured and dissected, sometimes celebrated and often derided. The courage that this takes is unimaginable to me, as even these few words in a blog post are scary to let others see.
I have had the absolute pleasure of connecting with some amazing authors online and meeting them at author events, as well as being contacted by authors pitching their work to me. These people actively solicit opinions of their work by sending readers their books and requesting an honest review to be posted online……..work that sometimes I don’t love, and work that then I have to figure out how to write about not loving in a non-hurtful way. Authors ASK for this! In my profession, public education, we try to get legislation passed that says we CAN’T be reviewed and ranked publicly in this way, that it’s a disservice to our craft. Authors win.
This is my hat tip to the authors who have inspired me, moved me, brought me to tears, made me so mad I screamed, and especially those whose work is their lifeblood but isn’t fit for the masses yet. The authors who have put everything they have into their work and it isn’t getting published or is getting negative reviews (even from me) ~ you are AMAZING and the bravest people I know.
As a reviewer, I am going to speak for all of my kind ~ don’t let our words take away one iota of pride in your work. Don’t let us scare you. Keep writing, keep being brave, keep writing for us. We need you. Because your work becomes our pleasure – I wouldn’t be me without you.
I would love to hear from readers about favorite authors or experiences meeting these courageous artists ~ or even writers explaining how you keep putting your work into the world despite the fear. Please share in the comments below!