A writing friend, who recently signed a book contract and whose novel was published, received a note from a reader who not only loved the story, but also wanted to connect on social media. To my friend, the comment was like spreading fudge sauce and sprinkles on a banana split already loaded with ice cream. She was both astonished and pleased. “I have my first fan!”
Fans are important to writers. Spending several months, or even years, writing a story is gruesome work. Wading through the obstacle course of pursuing editors and publishers, which often takes more years, to finally see the project in print, is exhausting. Having someone tell the author they liked their work is often more than a weary writer can hope for.
I am a fan. I can’t tell you who my favorite author is, because I don’t have ONE. I read many kinds of stories—those set in early America, the Revolutionary War, pioneers, turn-of-the-century, World War II, contemporary. All are considered faith-based. When someone recommends an author, I investigate. If I like their book, I say so.
I review. I blog. I post.
But if an author doesn’t connect with me, I remain quiet—especially if the person is writing from a Christian perspective. I know how hard that person worked to get their story out there. Just because I didn’t like it, someone else may love it. I am not willing to crush the spirit of a Christian brother or sister just because my tastes are different from theirs.
Are you a fan? Hebrews 10:24 tells us: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Consider boosting an author’s spirit by telling them you liked their story. Post a review. Attend a book signing. Reward the effort expended to give you an afternoon of reading pleasure. Some aspiring author out there needs to hear from you.