We’ve talked a lot this month about fictional sidekicks, but what about real, live ones for writers and readers? It takes sidekicks to help us along the journey to a good book. Here are ten examples that we book lovers can’t live without:
- Friends and Family—They give us our first tags when they say, “You’re such a bookworm!”
- Furry and feathered pals—They curl up on our laps or at our feet or perch on our shoulders, and they are delighted to hold us captive while we read (or write).
- Co-workers—It doesn’t take long for them to learn not to interrupt us—and thwart those who try—when we’re reading (or writing) on lunch break.
- Neighbors—They pass books around the neighborhood, like…well, sort of like a game of “musical books.”
- Book clubs—Their members introduce us to countless new authors. As a bonus, they will give us insights into the book issues we can’t fully appreciate without further discussion.
- Teachers—They help writers hone their craft to build more entertaining stories for readers.
- Critique groups—They make writers dig deeper, and they point out inconsistencies. With their help, they pre-empt those embarrassing problems that could allow readers to lose confidence in writers.
- Editors—They take the book to its next level. Period.
- Production support—They turn our dreams into a physical medium.
- Booksellers—They are the Book Gods’ right hand. They are the quintessential link between writer and reader.
Yay for bookish sidekicks! Without them, we wouldn’t have many of the books we love. Who are your favorites?