I’m tidying my fantasy manuscript, which is ‘finished’, but not ‘finished’. As a first time author (as any author is), I’m conscious of gaining a reader’s trust. A story is about giving promises and then fulfilling them and making sure every word counts… that every word drives the story.
The thing is, I have a catch 22 situation. Being a first time author (of fiction) I haven’t yet earned a reader’s trust. It has come to my attention there’s a certain character in my manscript who doesn’t seem relevant. If a reader doesn’t trust me yet, they may lose interest and put the book down BEFORE that character’s relevance becomes obvious.
My question is:
- For the readers – do you cut a new author some slack before putting the book down?
- For authors – how do/did you deal with this problem? Where a character is there for a purpose but that purpose isn’t obvious until later in the book?