Patrick Wensink, is a bestselling author of three books and articles in several reputed journals. His recent book Fake Fruit Factory is as moving as it is funny. Have Questions for Patrick Wensink? Would you like to read Fake Fruit Factory? Patrick’s publisher Curbside Splendor Publishing will send a free copy of the book to one of the bloggers commenting on the interview at the blog.
What about you? How many books did you read this week? Ever had a panic attack about the number of books still on your To-be-read list? Thought of taking a reading vacation? Want to add to my TBR list? Fire away!
I began to think about the way I read myself, about the activity of reading, what you put into it rather than what was simply on the page. Try this experiment, I eventually told them: from now on always read with a pen in your hands, not beside you on the table, but actually in your hand, ready, armed. And always make three or four comments on every page, at least one critical, even aggressive. Put a question mark by everything you find suspect. Underline anything you really appreciate. Feel free to write “splendid,” but also, “I don’t believe a word of it.” And even “bullshit.”
Writers are often concerned with posterity. Would their work survive them? I personally don’t give a damn about what will happen to my work post my death– I don’t think any of it will be any good, and even if it is, I believe nothing lasts– so a few stories or books lost is neither here nor there. Given that ebooks last ‘forever’, do you think this improves the chances of some of the current batch of authors? If you had to vote, which are the five (or ten) authors from the last century and this one who you would put your money on? Why? Do you agree with any of the authors in my list?
should I insist on getting paid for my fiction? (Naive question, some would say.)
As an author, have you written fiction for free? If yes, why? If no, why not? And if you’ve been paid, was it enough to pay your bills?
As a reader, do you ever wonder about whether the people whose work you enjoy get paid? Why, in your opinion, is there a stereotype of a starving artist or writer, but a surgeon, accountant or plumber is never expected to work for free?
Do you think an author should give away free stories like musicians give away free music? Is writing for free ‘good promotion’? Have at it in the comments– I need your opinion here!
Do you buy books on Amazon? If Amazon is fighting to lower ebook prices should it be win your support as a reader? Do you sell books on Amazon? Are you concerned that the fate of the Hachette authors may one day be yours? Is Amazon becoming too powerful by selling everything from books to electronics to diapers? Do You ever feel that by buying from Amazon, you’re supporting a bully– but they’re simply too good to resist?
I’ll be giving away two copies of the Imaginary Friends’ ebook randomly to two commenters on this post in order to support my friend Melanie, who’s been a joy to talk to and write with, along the years. So please leave your comments, interact, chat with Melanie and each other!
As part of my pledge in my A to Z Reflections post, I’m again featuring Bloggers I Recommend Visiting. I also spoke of Supporting Indie authors, so in that spirit, I’ll put my money where my mouth is, so this time, I’ll be buying and then gifting books by Indie authors to all my three recommended blog friends. (I hope to do this gifting on the 3rd Friday of each month, and more, if my book budget allows it! )