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Neil Gaiman's post on entitlement issues: George R.R. Martin Does Not Work For You

Dealing with people with entitlement issues is no fun, whether you're a pro writer, an agent, a publisher, an editor, or someone running a fan web site, or a fan writer being told that she should change fandoms and write to the reader's preference and not her own, a fan artist or pro artist, a web comic creator, a convention committee. It shows up everywhere, and I think it's even more annoying for people who are contributing their time and labor for free.

I also agree with Michelle Sagara's post: Acts of Faith and Entitlement Issues:
So: Buying into the start of a multi-volume* story is an act of faith on the part of a reader. They are trusting me to finish the story.
This is not the same as trusting me to write a sequel to a story that doesn't need it, or trusting me to write a second book with characters they loved when the first book is clearly complete and I have already said there will be no sequel. Those, I think, are separate issues.

It is that act of initial faith -- the buying of the first book -- that allowed me to write the rest of the books in the Sun Sword series. If every reader, feeling burned by authors who have not -- for whatever reason -- finished their multi-volume series, had refused to buy my first novel, a totally partial story, until they had proof that the whole thing would be finished, the rest of the books would never have been published. This is a simple fact.

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Right - with this story, it's incomplete, so you're left panting for the next book to see where things go, and then you want the next one, and the next. It's a tribute to the author that he has managed to create a world where you can really immerse yourself into it, but alas, it also means that obsessed fans will mob you if they see you taking time away from the typewriter to, say, hug you children or kiss your wife.

I'm also truly boggled about how many times I managed to use the word truly in one short comment. Truly.

:goes to get coffee:

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