3 Essential Questions for Every Author…

By Judith Briles  on The Book Designer:

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  1. I’ve seen this advice — to narrowly define your readers or market — many times, and it still makes no sense to me. I don’t think it’s helpful to beginning writers, and may lead to confusion and discouragement. I’ll bet most people who start writing have no idea who they’re writing for. “People who like books like this one” would be about as specific as I can get about my mixed-genre books. Someone who decides to write in a very specific genre might be able to do this — cozy mystery for middle aged women who like cats. Most nonfiction books also have a specific class of persons in mind — young men interested in cheap adventure travel, for example, or women from dysfunctional families. And it’s likely that authors with some degree of success eventually do get a picture of the types of people who buy their books — through social media, possibly. They can then tailor subsequent books accordingly. But I can’t imagine someone who has had a story incubating in the back of their mind for years, and who finally has the time and courage to start writing, having to sit down and figure out that their nascent novel is intended for “women who are single and loving it.” Wouldn’t this writer be pleased if grumpy married men read their book and like it? Maybe there’s something I’m not getting, but this advice doesn’t resonate with me.

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