What is an Artisan Author?

Take a little walk through time with me.

The edges of the real world begin to blur and fade as we step back into a simpler, harsher time, when the sweat of your brow, and the skill of you hand was how you made a living.  Here, travel by horseback is for the rich. For us peasants, it’s one foot in front of the other.

We pass through the city gates and into the marketplace. Reams of colored silk draw your eye, then the dizzying array of fruits and vegetables. Near the end of the row, a broad-shouldered man in a floury apron pulls back a cloth to reveal dozens of loaves of bread. Each crusted mound a masterpiece unto itself, each hand-crafted and guaranteed to stave off hunger while delighting your tastebuds.

He offers you a taste, a sample of his wares. At first you hesitate. What if you don’t like it? What if it’s stale? What if it turns out to be the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?And then you notice the little emblem stamped on his apron and the clothes used to keep the bread warm. The stamp of the guild. He’s not just a baker. He’s more than that. He’s a master, an artisan.

Hey! Hey! You still with me?

All right, let’s come back. The room is exactly as you left it. And you are the same, save a sudden urge to go find the toaster. But, before you go, can we talk about that baker for a sec? About that artisan, who uses his talents to make a living. The one who has studied the perfect combination of flour, yeast, and sugar to produce something undeniably delicious. Desirable, even.

What’s that? You thought this post was supposed to be about authors?

It is, it is, I promise it is! Think about that baker, hold him in your mind. Now imagine, if instead of bread, his table had been piled high with books. Imagine that instead of feeding your body, he toiled and worked to craft the ideas and stories that would feed your mind, maybe even your soul.

Ahem. Forgive my drama. My high school drama teacher would be proud.

Artisan authors are those fine, literary fellows who have studied the craft of writing. They have developed their own recipe for a delicious story. They add  their characters and scenery to capture your attention, and stir in just enough conflict and tension to keep you coming back for more.

They understand that practice makes perfect and they have put in the time, struggled and created, edited and published books they are proud to put their names on.

And if we put them on our site, we’ve given them the stamp, the mark of our storytelling guild.

Now all that’s left is for your to step up and sample.


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