It’s unbelievable that with all the creative writing courses out there, that no one teaches the necessity of researching your market before you set pen to paper. Search the local bookstore and read the writing magazines. Editors actually tell these magazines what they are interested in, in a fairly timely manner. Most of the guess work is taken out for you. You know which editors are looking for what type of stories.
A very good point. Having a clear idea about your target audience is essential, not only for marketing but also in making sure you are producing content which your audience wants.
“Having a clear idea about your target audience is essential…”
- Agree! to both sides of the pond. But one I started today (yet another new one!) will be mainly aimed at the UK audience, as it would take too much work to have it fully adapted to the US market, as well over here in the UK.
Some books I’m working on are aimed at the ‘mid-Atlantic’ ie: to be acceptable —more or less -
But overall, I often write with ‘two heads’! I think it’s useful (if one can do it) to write addressing yr ‘audience’ face to face, as it were, so I try to bear that in mind, even in the first throes of a piece.
I wait to see if this method always works, but in the past I seem to have received a favourable reaction, from an international readership…
Oops! I got ‘strikethroughs’ on some of my text again, I guess it’s my ‘human error’ but can’t figure how!
~ But I’m sure I’ll be informed soon enough! ;)