Discussion: The Art of Asking–For Authors
My friend, Clara, turned me onto Tedx talks a while ago. They’re usually intriguing, and I watch them every now and then when I get the chance. But when I saw they had posted one by Amanda Palmer, I had to check it out immediately.
I’m not a huge fan of Amanda, but there is something comforting about some of her music. I’m not sure how that is possible.
That’s not why I had to watch it right away though. I had to watch it because I couldn’t imagine what Amanda would be discussing for a Ted talk.
Check it out. It’s good, and it’s less than fifteen minutes long. Then come back here.
After watching it, I’m wondering: how does this apply to the writing community?
Musicians can perform shows on donation; it’s a little harder to do with books. And it’s easier to distribute music on the internet, thanks to Youtube and the numerous other websites.
Sure, writers can give their work away on their blogs and through torrents. But authors, especially indies, usually work through Amazon, and Amazon doesn’t allow free distribution. Sites like Smashwords, which do allow free distribution, still don’t hit quite as hard.
Plus, it takes longer to read a book than it does to listen to a song, making the audience’s initial investment larger. If I give you a link to a song on Youtube to check out, you’re more likely to click it and listen right then, as opposed to if I send you a book to read. It’s probably going onto the “someday” list.
Yet, I do believe the reading community is just as dedicated to their authors as the fans of musicians.
So, how does the art of asking apply to authors?
Alliterations are fun.