Skip to main content

NaNoWriMo - Your Target Audience

Day 5 - Your Target Audience

It's Day 5 of NaNoWriMo, and I'm still keeping my word count on target. Ok, so I didn't do well yesterday, but I made up for it today so I'm still on track to finish on the 30th November.


So...your target audience...

From Pexels

You want people to like your writing, don't you? Everyone likes different types of writing but, fortunately for us authors, readers tend to fall into categories. These could be age related (middle grade or young adult) or genre related (fantasy or romance).

Because readers tend to conform to one of many groups, it makes writing for them a lot easier. If you're writing a romance novel, you should know that people who enjoy reading romance books will be expecting a happy ending, at least for our star couple. If you don't give the reader what they are wanting, this could end in dissatisfied customers or bad reviews.

When you're writing, think about who you'd like to read your book. I don't mean family and friends. I mean people that you don't know. Think about what they might be like, and what they like to read. You can do this by creating a reader profile, to help you understand what they're expecting from your book.


Create a Reader Profile - answer the questions you think are relevant.

  1. What is their job?
  2. Why do they like to read?
  3. Where do they read?
  4. What family do they have?
  5. How old are they?
  6. What are their hobbies?
  7. What is their socioeconomic status?
  8. What was their favourite subject in school?
Beta Readers

Photo by picjumbo.com from Pexels

Make sure that you get your target audience to be beta readers for your book. Beta readers are people who read the book pre-publication to give their opinion on it. They are a vital component of any book, but especially important for self-publishers.

It's important to make sure that your beta readers are picked from your target audience because those are the opinions that matter.

For more info on Beta Readers, wait for Day 15 "Choosing Your First Reader".


Knowing your target audience will, not only help your writing, but will also really help with marketing. You'll know where to advertise your book and your book launch.

Clemency Crow
www.crowvus.com

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

GUEST POST - "Hallo teachers! Would you like to write a book?" by Jessica Norrie

  The Magic Carpet  is available at  http://getbook.at/TheMagicCarpet I'm absolutely thrilled to share this gem of a blog by Jessica Norrie on the Crowvus Book Blog. It's personally relatable for me, too, as I'm teacher who also writes children's fiction. I just love all the comments made in this blog - they are so true! It's a delight to meet another author/teacher/soprano! Check out the links to Jessica Norrie's books at the end of the blog too! Hallo teachers! Would you like to write a book? Primary and English teachers spend their days with books. It’s not surprising many dream of writing their own. Some make the big time - think Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer, Michael Morpurgo. Teachers start with several professional advantages: 1) All child and adult human life enters the classroom. Teachers overhear conversations, respond to different personalities, encounter heartrending or enviable household  circumstances. They see family and cultural likenesses and cont

#IndieApril Craggy Blog: On the Hoof!

When people say they’re doing something “on the hoof”, it generally implies they’re making it up as they go along. When it came to writing my first book, I did so on the hoof in more ways than one. The photos that feature in Craggy the Coo Wants a Place to Call Home  were snapped all over Scotland, from the top of mountains to the surface of Loch Ness. But the words that accompany the pictures were largely concocted near my hometown of Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway. I’m relatively notorious in these parts for embarking on epic walks of 20-30 miles around the surrounding hills. And while most people would carry their phone to chart their route or maybe listen to music, I used mine to put words to my pictures. Having all the photos of Craggy’s travels on my iPhone meant I could weave a clear narrative together based on where he happened to be, and what could be seen in each image. So I would set off on a long walk armed with all I needed to create the verses and his direction of trav

#IndieApril Craggy Blog: My Inspiration

When I’m asked who my favourite author is, I also tend to consider who my favourite writers have been at various stages of my life. When I was very young, Roald Dahl could not be beaten. Like many children, I found his sense of mischief combined with superlative storytelling and Quentin Blake’s glorious illustrations irresistible. In my angsty teenage years, I must have re-read JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye  about 20 times, dreaming of leaving boarding school and running off to the States with just a rucksack on my back (which I actually did for a year when I was 17. I wasn’t quite as rebellious as Holden Caulfield though. It was all above board.) But the writer who has stood the test of time with me most, and was taken from us far too soon, is Iain Banks. I love the twisty intrigue of Complicity , in which my hometown of Langholm has an early cameo. I adore the assault on the hypocrisies of organised religion that lie at the heart of Whit . In my teens, I was traumatised in a can’t