Josephine Damian passed along a pretty interesting article from The Globe and Mail about the rise of author websites and specifically fantasy author George R.R. Martin’s. You see, fans are waiting on the next installment of Martin’s series, which has been a bit delayed, and some are rather impatient, to the point that they are begrudging him his vacations and trips to football games (which he blogs about).
The article then goes on to assess the impact of legions of fans/detractors as they interact with authors through websites and reviews. Clearly the era of sending a book into the ether is over. Everything is public, and authors especially.
But this got me thinking. Is there an implied contract between an author and their readers? Does an author owe their readers, whether that’s a timely delivered manuscript or a certain quality threshold?
And yes, would that we all be authors who are getting assailed because readers can’t bear to wait another day to read our books.