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Like Tears in the Rain

This scares me.

I’m already scared of dying. And I know that, when I die, I’m probably going to be in the middle of a book (either writing one or reading one, probably both).

I don’t even read 50 books a year and I’m a writer. I can manage about 30-35, so I won’t even get to 3,500. I can take some solace that I know I read more than what Goodreads accounts for–graphic novels, children’s books, comic collections, Star Trek novels, and all sorts of other books I’ve forgotten.

And the average bookstore has 30,000! Now, granted, most of those I probably don’t want to read–atlases and how to succeed in business and iCarly licensed fiction and chick lit melodrama and historical non-fiction about some submarine in World War I and astrologies and biographies. But still, 3,500 is a molecule in the drop in the bucket of all the great books that have been written. Books that I will never have the opportunity to like.

But, as a writer, it doesn’t matter how many people are publishing written works now. There will always be way more people who want to read than who want to write. There is an audience for your work. The trick is connecting that audience. Is there such a thing as a book matchmaker?

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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