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Discussion: How Readers Influence Writers?

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Today’s topic comes from QSFer Anna Butler:

Back when I was young (which was a looooong time ago) the thought of writing to and connecting with my favourite author was inconceivable. The mechanisms just weren’t there. I never expected to read a blog by my favourite authors, or have platforms like Amazon and Goodreads where I could comment on their books. They were remote gods to me, no more real than the names on the book spine.

But to me the question really is, are we more conscious of the reader than writers ever were before, because there just isn’t that separation and distance any more? With almost instant reviews, how much do they influence us, for good or bad? Is that a bad thing, or a good one?

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