Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – To Fest, or Not to Fest

There have been quite a few mentions of the many ways that a dedicated author can reach readers in this series. It’s a big part of any author’s life that is serious about their work, and that’s why it gets mentioned so much. That’s not all that gets mentioned a lot, though.

I also make no bones about the fact that this is me just getting started being that dedicated and serious author. I refer to myself as an amateur far more often than I call myself a professional when I talk about my writing. As someone who is familiar with becoming skilled at difficult things, I am totally comfortable with the fact that I have a lot to learn before I call myself a professional author. As I learn, I make it a point to share it here. Most of those learnings are things I read somewhere or hear on podcasts or experience firsthand, and I try to shine the most positive light on whatever aspect of authoring I am addressing. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – To Fest, or Not to Fest”

Why I Love To Write #016 – Who’s Reading, Anyway?

I’m a big fan of meeting readers. I think it’s important for authors to figure out just who will love their books, and do their best to introduce them to each other. There are a variety of ways to do this, and I’m only barely getting started. However, as I pointed out before, I am here to help the writer who is where I was a few years ago. When I need advice, I look for folks one or two levels up from me. I know that trying to do things like someone five levels up will not work at my level. If you don’t understand levels, think deeply on this subject if you want to get anywhere but where you are. If you deny the existence of levels, or think they aren’t fair to point out, I heartily encourage you to get the hell off my page.

For the rest of us, a good understanding of levels is essential. For authors, a good understanding of their readers is equally important. Some research can be done at home, and it can be done easily once you slap a few labels on your book. Find your genre, and your sub-genre, and then find out what your key demographic is. You can reverse engineer this if you want to write with the reader in mind; pick your audience, and then write what they read. It’s one of the ideas we’ll explore later, when we talk about where authors go for stories. That’s not the kind of writing we’re discussing here, though; we’re talking about that first book, and it is often written for the author more than the reader. It’s also not always the easiest sell. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #016 – Who’s Reading, Anyway?”