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Independence Of The Pen

If you’ve been around a while, you know I’ve written before that I don’t believe in asking anything of a reader. I feel once a reader owns a book, as its author it is no longer entirely mine. It is now in some ways “shared.”

Yes, I wrote it of course. However, a reader naturally will project their own intensely personal perspective into the text and internalize it in their mind in ways I did not, or could not, anticipate. I hope only that as with any book a reader who has enjoyed it might also tell friends and family about it… or maybe even mention it on, say, Instagram.

[Excerpt from Passports: Atlantic Lives, 1994-1995, on Kindle for iPhone/iPad. Photo by me, 2019.]

My books are primarily why I blog here. “Independence of the pen” requires an author to embrace social media if an author is to have any numbers of readers. I would love to spend more time writing; but the plain fact is social media – blogs like mine here, and Twitter, Instagram, and so on – is how word about books is often now gotten out.

[Excerpt from Conventions: The Garden At Paris, on Kindle for iPhone/iPad. Photo by me, 2019.]

As for you visitors, and especially, followers. I can’t follow everyone back who follows me. However, don’t think I don’t notice you have been here.

It is a big enough challenge reading what I feel I need to read in order to write. But trying to read all that I might want to read? I’d never have time to write anything!

If you “like” posts regularly, I do pop by and visit you. I try to click to every blogger who makes a presence known in repeatedly stopping by here. So even if I can’t follow, I do check you out now and then too… perhaps over a Double Choc Mocha coffee:

[Photo by me, 2019.]

Developing a “unique” social media “brand” – I hate talk like that – as an independent author is not easy and I have been working at it now for over five years. I am always pleased and even humbled when I see how many of you visit me here again and again and again. Obviously, I must be doing something right.

Have a good Wednesday, wherever you are. πŸ™‚