Yes, I am a dependent, needy writer
I AM A WRITER:
I am a writer, I can spin a good tale. That is my only USEFUL superpower (I have a totally useless superpower but…). I am a writer. I am NOT omniscient outside of a poorly written scene. I can’t know the hearts and minds of anyone but myself and my characters who are an extension of me.
I have no status which makes me capable of casting judgements on people. I have not walked their life path or worked through their struggles. And while I might write FICTIONALLY about many things, it is still only fiction and only perceived with my own life experiences.
I personally dislike it when someone who has a platform uses it to try and tell me, TELL NOT PERSUADE, how to think or act. I see this all the time from the Hollywood elite. And to be honest when I see it I “protest” it by NOT paying to see their movies or TV shows. Nothing about their lives reflect mine in reality. I have never made millions for just hours of work. And while I do not begrudge their earnings (if I could act or sing… yeah) I do not think it makes them somehow better able to say how the world should be. They are actors, not Gods, demi-gods, soothsayers or psychics. Anymore than I am. Anymore than any other actor, entertainer or WRITER is.
So when I hear a WRITER telling READERS that if they do not think and act the way the writer demands then they don’t want that reader to buy their books, I freaking loose my mind.
WRITER, do you NOT understand that when you do this you do not just slam a door shut for your own sales but you start a fire that can burn us all down to ashes. READERS talk. As much as publishers, agents and editors talk, maybe more. They tell their friends and families about good and bad books and they tell other readers about Narcissistic Authors. They also tell what that author writes and their critique of that author is passed onto the GENRE in general. People get turned off by, not only the author, but of the genre because they start to think ALL the authors are like this and willing to use their platform to denigrate them.
What reason then, would they have to spend that $5 on anyone who writes the genre? NONE. So if you are an author who doesn’t NEED and WANT people to buy your books then why are you writing them? Why not stop and let other WRITERS who appreciate the READERS, who could spend their hard earned money elsewhere, have those sales.
And if you are a publisher with authors who say such why are you still publishing these people? They will take you down as well.
And if you are a READER, please know, while I CANNOT and will not speak for others who do what I do, I DO appreciate you buying, reading, reviewing and sharing my books. I have been from the very first sale humbled and honored you would give me the time and provide me with the chance to actually live my dream and enjoy my labor.
READERS, I exist for you. I AM A WRITER.