I watched a recent YouTube video with Joanna Penn and her discussing her reading habits. She explains how she predominantly buys and reads eBooks whereas print, she’ll only buy something a little more special something with a greater meaning for her. A comment she made during the video made me wonder about something that often causes me a little anxiety and apprehension about becoming a writer at all. It’s the vast amount of writers out there vs the potential readership one can gain among the crowd.
The first thing I did was look at myself as a reader. I don’t churn through books like some but I get through a book a week with a maximum of four on the go at the same time. My book shelf has a meager 20 books on it but in the past I had many more. As I’ve moved from place to place I cull my collection as they simply take up too much space and are too heavy to cart around. So I buy them and sell them off to second hand book store or donate them where I can. My kindle collection is different. I’ve a couple hundred books on there. Now I only buy books I’ll read. I have pangs of guilt when I grab a book whether it’s free, 99c or anywhere up to $10, and I haven’t read it. I still like the hunt for a good book which is why I browse reviews on Amazon and have become more active on Good Reads in recent times.
Before I ramble on much farther with my uninspiring insight into my reading habits I promise there is a point and the point is that as most of you know if you read this or if this is your first time, I am also a writer. I write fiction but I also read fiction. You got to read a lot and write a lot. Most of us listen to the one of the many Kings of fiction Stephen King himself when he said and wrote that. Whether you’re trying to make it in the industry with fiction, non fiction, poetry, journalism or any other writing endeavor there is a chance you read within that field and spend money there too.
Every writer is a potential reader too. Rather than saying that the market is saturated maybe we should say it’s inhabited by readers and reader/writer hybrids (o:
Let me know how you feel about the current influx of writers given the digitization of the publishing industry?