Symbiotic relationships are a special type of interaction between species. Sometimes beneficial, sometimes harmful, these relationships are essential to many organisms and ecosystems, and they provide a balance that can only be achieved by working together.
While writers and readers are not necessarily different species, they do look at books from very different perspectives. However, the rest of the above definition is spot on, as our relationship is essential, providing balance and the greatest mutual benefit by working together.
This past week I joined the Read & Review site, AuthorsXP, where writers can share books with readers, FREE, in exchange for honest reviews. Interacting with my new readers has been such a treat. Without readers who are willing to take the time to read books and post helpful reviews, writers would be creating our work in a vacuum.
No one wants to work in a vacuum; it’s much too dusty and noisy, and we don’t get the feedback and validation creative types so desperately need.
When writers respond to reader’s reviews by using the comments to understand what the reader wants, and then polishing their future work accordingly, the result is beneficial to future readers.
Working together, writers and readers raise the level of literature for all and symbiosis is achieved.
It’s a beautiful thing.