[dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]elcome to the latest installment of the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! We’ve gathered several writers from amateur to professional, and we discuss one topic for the month. This month’s theme is the ideal reader.

Despite the straight forwardness of the subject matter, I’ve found little to chew on.What is ‘The Ideal Reader’? Am I supposed to define the title? Blather on about the dearth of Ideal Readers? Praise the ones I have? Write a fictional short short about one? I don’t know. That’s the point of such open-ended topics, I guess. Each writer has the freedom to go wherever he or she wants with it. I tend to be a pretty concrete-thinking person, though, so I’m at a loss.

I’ll admit, my initial writing was a whine/rant. After letting it stew for a day, I deleted half and started over. It seemed pretentious to complain when I already have ideal readers! They buy my books! They lather me with praise, give my books five star reviews, and buy copies for their friends. Who can beat that?  On top of that, I have a personally groomed cadre of first readers who offer excellent criticism of a fresh novel. What could be better?

Not much.

Thank you all so much for giving those starred reviews at Amazon and telling your friends about a book that really touched your heart.  Thank you for emailing me to let me know how my work has reached you. I love that stuff! Most of all, thank you for being with me through this wonderful process — from lowly fanfic writer to published author.

You are my ideal reader!

Today’s post was inspired by the Merry-go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers, and find out what’s on their nightstands, check out the rest of the tour! On the 11th, the entry was by D. Anthony Brown. Tomorrow, see what David Bridger has to say on the matter! Happy reading!

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