You Have a Responsibility to Your Readers

Writers write. Sometimes writers get published, which means they have readers.

It doesn’t matter whether you write fiction or nonfiction, if you have readers, you have a responsibility to your readers.

At Expert Publishing, we publish business, self-help, and inspirational books. At our imprint, et al. Publishing, we publish other worthy work.

And in both cases, we are ever mindful of the reader because the reader doesn’t have the opportunity to ask the author for clarification on what’s written.

Writers know what they mean, they know what they see in their minds’ eyes, and they know the intent of their words. Unfortunately, readers don’t share the same experience viewpoint as the authors, which means there’s lots of room for misunderstanding.

It’s the writer’s responsibility to write as clearly as possible so the reader doesn’t have to guess the writer’s intention.

One tip to make your writing more clear is to watch your use of words such as this, that, and it. You may know exactly what you’re referring to with those words, but your reader won’t necessarily know.

Example: Joey and Christina looked forward to spending the weekend together. Between the party on Saturday and the boating on Sunday, this weekend promised nonstop fun with friends. This felt like heaven.

Okay, the first this refers to the weekend, no problem. But the second “this” isn’t as clear. Does it also refer to the weekend? Or does it refer to Joey and Christina’s anticipation? Or does it refer to the party? Or does it refer to the boating? Or does it refer to nonstop fun with friends?

Your reader shouldn’t have to guess.

Granted, this is a small example, but if your writing includes overuse of this, that, and it, your reader will give up out of frustration and find someone else to read–not what you want if you’re trying to create a buzz about your book.

Take your responsibility to your readers seriously and you’ll have much better success selling your work.


1 Response to “You Have a Responsibility to Your Readers”

  1. 1 take5 April 24, 2009 at 8:04 am

    thanks for the tips!!! 🙂

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