Wired’s founding executive editor Kevin Kelly stated that if writers and other artists have “one thousand true fans” then they’re able to sustain a living from their art.
I don’t honestly know how many true fans I have (and I prefer calling them readers instead of fans) but I know I get nearly-daily emails from readers.
And I do know one true ‘fan’. She is, actually, my number one fan (no Stephen King reference intended). She is also my number one critic. Since she doesn’t have a public presence, I won’t call her out by giving her name online.
She started emailing me over a year ago, giving me feedback on various books in various series. She has mentioned reading each of my books numerous times.
I’m almost positive that she knows my characters better than I do.