Adam Posted January 10, 2018 Report Share Posted January 10, 2018 I thoroughly enjoy reading whenever I have the opportunity. Characters become part of me, my temporary travel companions. A good author can have me foster them as brothers, sisters, sons or daughters for a while. Some have become lifetime companions, such as Kim and the Book Thief, and have gone on to be adopted by my progeny, who have added their own, such as Harry Potter. However, to reach the full roundness of character within a story, an author has to share with his reader the full gamut of his story. This is what so pains me with much on-line publishing. Somehow it seems legitimate to begin to tell a story, to tempt a reader with an exciting plot, with a cast of fascinating characters, to introduce all sorts of detail, sub plots, multi faceted stories, new tech details, every trick of modern literature, only to leave the gullible reader stranded with no closure. He is gasping with excitement, following the story, enraptured, and ....nothing. The author is AWOL. Furthermore, this happens again and again. Stories are marked by the Castle as IN PROGRESS , but have not had so much as an apostrophe added in two years. This is progress? I appreciate that authors here are unpaid in terms of money, but they OWE their readers a debt. I feel I owe readers, assuming I have any, a duty of care. Perhaps because I write in the legitimate market as well, academically, I am disciplined to meet deadlines. And I feel we owe no less to those who read our work on line. To keep people who honour us by taking our words to heart on tenterhooks for months and months on end is quite unconscionable. I feel the Court of the Castle should put a time limit on when IN PROGRESS becomes redundant and automatically becomes either ON HOLD or UNFINISHED unless the author is sick or has some other valid extenuating reason. We need to treat our readers with more respect. Jay and William King 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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