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"George R. R. Martin is not your bitch."

Via links seen in several places, Neil Gaiman is both blunt and polite in explicating that, no matter how much we love what someone creates, they're still allowed to have lives of their own.

Which I presume to be obvious to pretty much anyone reading this, but it's still worth the reading/linkage. I'm particularly fond of the bit about the cat.


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May. 13th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
I agree and disagree. Granted, I've seen some of the crap that people have slung at GRRM, and it's just not acceptable no matter what his profession.

But to a point, as an author, there is an implicit promise if I label a book "Part 1" that there will at least be a "Part 2." Deadlining it is not really smart, but there does need to be trust between an author and a reader, or the reader isn't going to suspend disbelief as is needed. One of the reasons I hate watching new TV shows is the certainty I have that all the cool threads are going to be cut off when the network axes the show and I'll never find out what happens next.

That being said, readers need to learn that writing actually IS hard and that maybe if they were willing to pay more for a book so more authors could earn more money and therefore write full time, they'd get more books to read. Right? *eyes unfinished manuscripts*
May. 13th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
But to a point, as an author, there is an implicit promise if I label a book "Part 1" that there will at least be a "Part 2."

To a point, yes. I think the expectations being discussed in the post were well past that point, though.

I used to have a mock band tour T-shirt with the titles of Mercedes Lackey's Di Tregarde books listed on the back as if they were concert dates, including the two she never finished. I'm still disappointed about that sometimes, but disappointment is all I'm entitled to. I don't agree that she broke a trust by moving on to other projects instead, and I wouldn't want to read something she only wrote out of duty. It would show.
May. 14th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh how I loved Lackey's books with the magic horsies. It's a miracle that the world isn't full of my twisted magic horsie fanfic.

I think there's a balance between respecting fans and being their bitch. The internet just blurs those lines. In the highly unlikely event of me writing anything famous, I'd probably have to go 100% stealth with the blog.

On the other tentacle, MarySue of the Opera would never have been finished without the people who said "ZOMG what happens next??? WRITE MORE!!!!"
May. 14th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
It is a fine line. I guess it comes down to whether they're asking or ordering you to write more.
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