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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Labor Day 2018 and author/reader relationships

cj Sez:  I wish you an enjoyable Labor Day.

Did you know?  Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

   The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on a Tuesday in 1882 in New York City, but in 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
Relationships.  I may have written a post about this before, but I think it’s worth repeating for all the authors building their fan bases. 

   I’ve read some really good articles on this subject, and the following post is a product of some of the things I’ve learned.

   The dictionary defines the word “relationship” this way:

[ri-ley-shuh n-ship] 

1. a connection, association, or involvement.
2. connection between persons by blood or marriage.
3. an emotional or other connection between people:  the relationship between teachers and students.
4. a sexual involvement; affair.

   Really, you don’t need another person to have a relationship. You can have a relationship with anything, animate or inanimate

   In the movie Turner and Hooch, Tom Hanks’s Turner character builds a crazy relationship with a big, slobber-faced dog. What you see here is a compulsively neat, bachelor detective whose tidy world encounters household destruction and chaos. . . The Odd Couple redux.

   In the 2000 movie Castaway, Tom Hanks’s marooned character creates a relationship with an inanimate object. A Wilson-brand volleyball takes on a persona. He gives it a face and a name and talks to it as if were another person.

Pet Rock 2018
In the mid-1970s, it was the Pet Rock craze.

  Every day we interact with animals, objects, and people of all stripes—family, friends, coworkers, strangers, et al. Our relationship with each is different, depending on the need.

   Authors create relationships (interactions) between characters in their stories.

   If I’ve gotten you interested enough to continue reading this brief post, then I’ve begun to build a relationship with you, my reader. This reader/author relationship is all about how long can I continue to entertain your interest in what I’m saying … the excitement of learning something new or discovering a statement that suddenly makes sense to you.

  That's how stories must progress if you’re going to keep your audience interested in your work.

   A writer’s skill at creating a story that draws in a reader emotionally and intellectually is what keeps the reader coming back for more. That’s when you’ve got the beginnings of a relationship.

   One of the most important relationships authors can have is the one they have with their readers … the relationship they build with their writing. 

  How do you build a reader relationship and grow your fan base? Know your intended audience as thoroughly as you know your characters, understand their wants, and write the best story you can that appeals to their emotions and intellect.

   Caveat: It is the author’s responsibility to maintain the relationship. The reader doesn’t owe you anything and can end this promising author/reader relationship at any time—sometimes for no apparent reason.

   If I’ve given you something to think about, then I’ve done my job, and I’m done here. What kind of things do you do to keep your fan relationships alive and growing? Facebook? Twitter? Newsletters? Give-aways? All of the above? What works best for you?

That’s it for today, folks. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


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1 comment:

  1. What a great post! Informative and thought-provoking. (And I love your Pet Rock 2018. I'm a fan.)


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