It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
I’ll skip the optional question this month. Instead, I’d like to talk about a strange disconnect I’m experiencing between writers’ books and their personalities. There are two writers I want to discuss. Both write fantasy – one of my preferred genres. Both are bestsellers. Both have blogs. Let’s call them writer A and writer B.
Writer A has a very interesting blog, full of personal tidbits and humor. Occasionally she posts free fiction on her blog. I subscribe to her blog and enjoy it. Not so much – her fiction. That could be hit or miss for me. I like some of her books and dislike the rest – they are often too dark and gritty for my taste.
Writer B at the moment is my favorite fantasy author. I love her books, all of them. I own them all and re-read them occasionally. Each re-reading infuses me with pleasure. They invariably lift my mood. I want more of her. I would’ve been a faithful subscriber to her blog as well, … but her blog is on Patreon. She only allows people to read it if they pay her. And the more they pay, the more content is available to them.
Such a greedy attitude towards her readers feels at the very least disrespectful. I don’t want to pay for reading a blog. In my view, it goes contrary to all marketing conventions. Moreover, it upsets me as a reader. I want to know more about what’s going on in her life and her writing, but I’m not prepared to pay for the privilege, although I buy her every book as soon as it’s published. I feel like she is failing me, even insulting me on a personal level, but I still want to read her books. Do you ever experience such a disconnect? Does a writer’s personality and behavior affect how you view her fiction?