You Don’t Want Fans of Your Book

You want fans of its author. Yeah, you.

I bought a book yesterday. A book I know nothing about, except the author’s name.

And that was enough.


William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways was what I always imagined Kerouac to be. (Kerouac was a disappointment. Sorry, Tom Bentley.)

River Horse is mind-boggling: did you know you can boat across the United States? 4,000 miles, 97.5% of it in the water. Took WLHM 25 years to map the course and decide it was possible. And a few months to do it.

Two big thick fascinating personal true-life adventures. Humor, geography, travel, people, story-telling of the first order.

So when I saw PrairyErth on the used shelf yesterday for $6, I didn’t pause to consider, or look it up, or put it on my list. I just bought it. The man tells a story I want to hear.

Do your fans love your books, or do they love you?

3 thoughts on “You Don’t Want Fans of Your Book

  1. That is the conundrum of the year for me. Author, or book. Hmm! I want them to love me, and my book, but I would need to do my part, by writing engaging stories. In my humble estimation, my reputation would precede me. In other words, because they are my fans, they will automatically love my book, because they know, I would never let them down, by writing some piece of trash.Does that make sense to you? Blessings.

    1. Yup, that’s what I’m saying. Certainly, we’ll all be doing our best to create quality content. That’s assumed.

      With that out of the way, do we invest time making people love this book and keep our personality in the background, or do we create fans who’ll love this book, and the next, and the next, because they love us?

      Trust. You hit the nail on the head. It’s about trust.

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