Started by WordBird, May 23, 2020, 06:37:46 PM
QuoteIn an artist analogy, do you paint what you feel inside or do you paint what people will buy?
Quote from: Mark Hoffmann on May 24, 2020, 09:01:21 AMI write what I'm able to write. If I try to write in a different style or genre it quickly reverts. I guess I could try harder.
Quote from: Mark Hoffmann on May 24, 2020, 09:01:21 AMYou mentioned "the masses" and my initial thought was that my writing is very niche. But then I thought about Hitchhikers' Guide. That reached a vast audience.
Quote from: Mark Hoffmann on May 24, 2020, 09:01:21 AMI have quite a good handle on who I'm not writing for.
Quote from: Jo Bannister on May 24, 2020, 09:43:21 AMIf you're writing to communicate, then you need to be clear as to who you want to communicate with and what you want to communicate. Who is the target audience for your message.
Quote from: Jo Bannister on May 24, 2020, 09:43:21 AMAnd if you're writing for a living, or in the hope of making a living, you again need to identify your target audience, but you also need to adapt your style, subject or both to the requirements of as broad an audience as you can reach. Figure out who it is who buys the kind of books you want to write. (In my field, oddly enough, more crime novels are bought by women of middle age and older than any other demographic. Go figure.) And give them what they want. Which isn't necessarily what YOU would buy if you were the target audience. If you sell shoes, you sell shoes to fit your customers. Same thing if you want to sell books.
Quote from: Jo Bannister on May 24, 2020, 09:43:21 AMBut my audience wouldn't be happy to play along if I suddenly switched to writing romances, rock memoirs or smut.
Quote from: Jo Bannister on May 24, 2020, 09:43:21 AMSo it's a damn good question, and if we all knew the answer we'd all be a lot richer than we are, but it's certainly worth every writer figuring out an answer that works for them before spending too much time at the computer.
Quote from: Qwerty on November 07, 2020, 09:41:33 PMAfter retiring, I reveled in the freedom of not having to write for anyone but myself. They were my participles, by golly, so I'd dangle them if I wanted to!