Dear Readers and Lovers of Books:
A good book effects us in a special way, doesn’t it? After the first pages, you find yourself wrapped up tightly in it and gloriously happy to lose all sense of time, place, and real life in order to more fully explore this world on white pages.
This forms like a new relationship, really. You met this story and learned its name, and then you took time to get to know it (possibly stalking it on social media awhile to make sure it wasn’t a creep). Those hours are an investment, hopefully a fulfilling time spent in a whole new world of information, emotion, and adventure, whatever you fancy. With luck, you’ve found in that book a place into which you disappear for a time and come out with more to who you are for having read it!
Let’s discuss, for a moment, the effect of disappearing into a narrative. This particular type of communication forms because of a unique and informal contract entered into by the author and yourself the moment you enter the book. This agreement’s details are founded within the first few pages. The result of this agreement has been named “willing suspension of disbelief”, coined in 1817 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
On your part, dear reader, the author expects a respect for the work they’ve done to create this world. They petition, with every detail, your indulgence as they create a fiction. With luck and skill, they aim to make the transition from life to imagination so smooth and inviting that you hardly know when it occurs.
In order to appreciate the author’s side of this agreement, the following are some of the items to which they quietly agree:
“I will create a world that is both interesting and predictable, even if it’s predictable in its unpredictability.”
The real world abides by certain natural laws and necessary constraints in order to operate consistently. For fans of long series, you can appreciate the disappointment and jolt that occurs when an author writes something that does not fit with the previous books whether it’s a detail of setting, a character misstep, or an unresolved plot point.
The essential premise should be set in the first few pages, then receive building blocks of information as the story progresses. If we present a world of magic, each spell’s effect should remain consistent. Basic facts should build on one another to where it is in your power to anticipate the power which this magic is capable of. This construction is desperately important, and the framework for our offering to you.
“I will provide details sufficient to connect this strange world to your senses in character-true and plot-relevant ways.”
Writers often spend so much time in their own fantastic worlds that portraying them in all their intricacy fails. We want so desperately to show you this land, this concept, and all the far-reaching effects of the excellent premise we’ve worked so hard to build on. Ironically, this expanse can only be explored through individual details absorbed through ordinary senses.
No matter how non-human the characters are, your capacity to relate to them lies in our efforts to ground them in situations and emotions that are relatable to the human condition. Every detail on the page lies dormant unless it reaches your mind in a way that can be translated into experience and emotion. For that, we appeal to the ordinary, wonderful physical senses.
“I promise the elements introduced are absolutely necessary to the overall effect of the narrative, which has been tested and prepared to ensure it is of the finest quality I can produce.”
Before you even notice a quality book, before it’s even cropped up in conversation as a title to seek, this project has been quality tested with readers. Many of these test readers have been other writers responding to the author’s concern about this passage or that detail being understood. Other readers have been friends and family who have endured twenty different methods of description of the same detail until it’s “just right”. Still others are readers like you. They were sought out, offered a read of new work, and gave feedback on what worked and what didn’t. We anticipate that there will be places that will lose you, reader, and we look for and patch those holes as thoroughly as possible.
We work on all of this, and we quietly promise these things, so when you read our work you have a positive experience. We ask understanding, engagement, and reviews for our work. Essentially, we’ve lived the adventure and crafted the wilderness into a journey for you to experience in engaging, thrill-filled narrative.
A skilled writer will not leave you confused. They will do all in their power to keep these commitments. They do this because they do not want their fantasy worlds to go unexplored, unappreciated, and unnoticed. You are invited in, and all is prepared with the goal that you will become happily lost and dread the times you must leave it. This is the highest purpose, and we are honored to pursue it with you.
Writers, Authors, and Tellers of Tales
Glossaries and Definition:
How To Aid Suspension of Disbelief: