I have been asked:
“Are you worried about the publishing industry?”
“Aren’t you afraid that books will no longer be needed?”
“Do you think that books will keep being made?”
Let me tell you something I have learned in my so-far very short lifetime: There will always be a need for stories and for escape within the pages of a novel whether they are paper or electronic. Stories are like gateways to new world, no matter what form they come in. There are hardcover novels, paperback novels, short stories, picture books, e-books, stories told by mouth and more. You might look at this list and think about all of their differences but take a moment and think about all of their similarities.
They make you feel, they can make you believe again when you feel like your world has let you down, they bring you out of your life and let you live another life and learn from a character unlike you, they teach you more about other people and yourself, they help a person grow, they keep a person company when you feel utterly alone and they bring hope.
So I am going to ask everyone to do something for me.
On twitter use the hashtag #TheWritersVoice and tell me what reading can do for you. The way that reading has affected you. I don’t care what genre you read or your age, race, location, etc. For anyone who has ever been affected by a book. Tell us about it. We will listen.
The Writers Voice