I have learned about a website that allows readers to follow authors and pay for the “privilege” of getting information and updates about new books.
I will not ever use this service.
I don’t think any reader should have to pay to know what page I’m on in the typed document. I don’t think any reader should have to pay to be updated on enticing little snippets.
In this day and age of technology and accessibility, it is exciting to me to be able to share these things with my readers.
I enjoy taking a picture of something sitting on a page of my handwritten manuscript or typed hard copy I’m using for edits. If this was 30 years ago, and my favorite authors were sharing in this same way, I’d be turning my computer every which way to try to read that blurred out, half-covered page.
I like asking if anyone would like to be a character and showing various versions of early covers for input.
In this day and age, author and reader have an unprecedented opportunity to take the journey of writing a book together. The author isn’t holed up alone at a desk anymore if they don’t want to be. Right here at our fingertips is the rest of the world and we can interact with it at any moment.
I’m not going to nickel and dime you to death along that journey. The only time I want your money is when that book is finished and available for sale.
Maybe I might miss out on a few bucks here and there, but it feels like extortion to me. “If you give me two bucks, I’ll tell you the name of the next character to die!”
I would not respect myself if I did that.