writerMost writers, including the good ones commit suicide. My head shrink says that is not true, but yet he tells me many do. Why would they do something like that? They are the only ones with the universe at their fingertips!

I have some ideas why. Followers: over the years I have built a readership of over ten-thousand people, getting closer to eleven thousand, yet I only have a handful of people that make comments on this blog. Not only that, I can see how many books of Grapes of Rome are selling, and when they were sold, yet only a few have posted reviews on Amazon and other places, and forget reviews, even comments would be welcome.

I am not feeling sorry for myself, I am feeling sorry for all those writers out there who are about to die because YOU didn’t write a review, YOU didn’t re-tweet, or post their work to Facebook and other social sites, yes, they know if you do or not. So after a few books, even if they are making decent money, they feel that their efforts are in vain, become melancholy,  and then despaired, and ultimately commit the final act.

Time for a reality check, first a writer should expect that, and second, if you like their writing, then do all those things, then nothing bad would happen and guess what? They continue to write!

I have no facts, but  most writers do not live long. How they sit compressing their chest, may cause heart attacks, yet my doctor says that is not true, yet he can’t explain why writers die so young. I do not know, but I think this all has to do with readers, do not make your writer die young and penniless!

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3 Thoughts on “On the Death Of Writers

  1. So how much is too much? I occasionally email authors whose stories that I am reading or have just finished. I have always been concerned about sending too much email as I don’t want to become a pest. With your blog it is easy to make comments, much more so than via email. With email how much interaction would you like with your individual readers?

    I have bought “Grapes of Rome”, but have not started reading it because I want to have enough time to finish it without being interrupted. That being said, I have never submitted a review of a book. What would you like to see in a review? I hated literature in school because I didn’t believe that writers had all of these hidden items in their stories that English teachers point out. I have always thought that writers wrote so that readers would enjoy what had been written and not have to search for the writers real meaning.

    I often read reviews on Amazon when deciding whether or not to buy a book. But am more concerned about whether the reviewer enjoyed the book versus what they say about the book.

    • Remmy2013 on January 18, 2016 at 7:57 pm said:

      A review should not tell the story, although the plot itself is okay… but I have found that each person that has reviewed my books has taken something with them, and in all cases, I did not even see it. Their reviews were outstanding. Be honest with your review, did the book make you laugh, cry, did you enjoy a few scenes or many… without giving away the story you can mention those scenes, “I especially enjoyed the interaction between Tarzan and Jane, but more so, the action between Tarzan and boy.”

      For instance one saw murder, one saw friendship, one saw vengeance, each person seems to read any book different from others. Foremost do not base your review on what others have said, many pay for the reviews, and the reviewers never actually read the book. That is a sad but true fact.

      Never tell the ending of a book, but you can say things like “The ending will rip your heart out.” or “The ending tells the entire story.”

      Do you recommend the book, and if so, who do you recommend it to? What quality of the book do you think people should know about? Authors are their worst salesperson.Yet, I have based my promotions on what others have said, Used their words to promote the book, in a way that I never imagined.

      You have seen good reviews, where the book was read, whether the reviewer liked the book or not. “I didn’t like this book” “This book grabbed me but it sucks” – those are not reviews, those are statements from people that have no idea what the book is.

      I hope that helps.

    • Remmy2013 on January 18, 2016 at 8:03 pm said:

      I do not know what others write, I write from my dreams… or nightmares as the case may be. I write for me. Then the editors get a hold of it and take out the stuff I love, it may be too explicit, or too sexy, or they tell me to take it out completely. Either way the finished product is what I want the reader to see. There is no hidden agenda, however I know exactly what you are talking about as far as teachers go. They do have a point. What was the writer actually thinking? How did he or she come up with that scene or dialog? These are to help future writers see how other people do things.

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