I've been thinking about readers. I assume most of us writers are also heavy readers, if for no other reason than to learn our craft. But, the readers I'm wondering about are the people who read heavily without trying their own hand at writing. How large is this group of people? Are the majority of book buyers truly people who just enjoy reading with no aspirations of their own?
When I think about my own friends and family, I know about two dozen writer/readers. On the other hand, I only know about six people who read regularly (say, at least five books a year) without writing. Granted, I'm biased. I seek out fellow writers, so this uneven ratio makes sense. But, it makes me wonder where all the readers are. Or, perhaps more accurately, I wonder who's buying books.
So, let's take a little poll. How many heavy readers do you personally know who don't also write?