I recently had a conversation with someone who’s known me for years. It went like this:
Anonymous: I think it’s great you’re publishing a book. I don’t plan to read it though.
Me: Oh, why is that?
Anonymous: I read informative books. What’s yours again? Romance?
Me: Yes it is.
Anonymous: Besides I have a stack of books at home I need to read first.
Me: Do you know the authors of those books personally?
Anonymous: No, none.
Me: So, let me get this straight. Knowing the author has no bearing on whether or not you will read the book.
Anonymous: If I ran a coffee shop would you come drink my coffee?
Me: Yes, why not?
Anonymous: What if it was out of your way?
Me: I would come just to say hi to you.
Anonymous: What if you didn’t like coffee?
Me: I would get tea and a muffin.
Anonymous: You’re so defensive about this writing stuff.
So……I’m trying to decide what this means. I might be over analyzing, but then again I am female, and a writer. It’s what I do. Could it be there’s a cultural difference? (of sorts)
I try to support other writers whenever I can, so maybe I tend to expect a certain amount of support in return. Other writers are happy to support me. Non-writers not so much. They don’t see the point. Maybe they see it as a waste of time? Anyway, it seemed to make no difference to Anonymous whether or not they knew me. To me is does. I’m much more likely to read books written by people I know.
Door open. Door closed.
You win some. You lose some.
But that’s okay, because I’m happy with the support I have, since it already exceeds my expectations!