Authors Welcome

I don’t often weigh in on the various dramas in book blogging fandom. Most of the time,  I don’t care enough to get involved. This is my space,  and seeing as how it’s a very small one,  the drama doesn’t tend to make it here.

In this case,  however,  I have something to say.  The question of whether or not authors should comment on reviews and discussions of their work has been a hotly contested one for as long as there has been work to be read.  I’m sure even the first stories chiseled into a cave wall or painted on a vase invited their own criticism.

The question of whether it is wise for an author to respond to discussions of their work  is beyond the scope of this post.  (Note: It usually isn’t.)  But it’s also not my place to make that decision for an author.  If I post something publicly,  then I cannot be upset when the public – including the author –  responds.  If I didn’t want those responses,  I would have made it private.

Authors *are* fans. In some cases, authors are the ultimate fans. Can anyone argue, for instance, that Brandon Sanderson is not the ultimate Wheel of Time fan?  (Spoiler: not with me,  you can’t.) There is room in fandom for everyone,  including content creators.

On the other hand,  I don’t own fandom.  If I did,  you can believe I would be making some changes.  The great thing is that NO ONE owns fandom.  But I do own this space.  This is my world; I am Creator here.

And in my world,  everyone who can maintain civil discourse and type a coherent sentence is welcome,  regardless of age,  gender,  race,  sexual orientation,  religion,  creed,  ability,  fandom of choice,  and yes –  even publishing status.

Be you welcome and merry,  my friends.