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How often do they buy books and for what reasons? For nonfiction, you may want to identify the market even before you develop your content. This will help you identify needs not being met by your target market and help you develop more focused content.
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For fiction, identifying a market beforehand is not as much of a necessity, but upon completion it is just as important as nonfiction. When answering these questions, be as specific as possible. One of the best ways to identify your market is to define your genre and then research fan clubs, associations, and consumer groups affiliated with that topic. Other options include business and lifestyle publications such as Worth or Forbes , which also have information available about their readers.
The U. Bureau of Statistics also has data available on various demographic groups. Fiction writers can locate market information by doing general searches for reading clubs and fan sites associated with the genre.
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Identify the top authors in your genre and visit fan and community sites based on their work for more insight into your potential market. For both fiction and nonfiction, you can also look at popular blogs and online communities to see who is participating and what topics are of interest to them. See the appendix for more resources. The next thing publishers consider is who is your competition. This is key for many reasons. First of all, it shows them who the market is and how large is the demand.
If books on your topic are doing well, they are more likely to consider your work. Second, publishers look at how your book differs from the competition. If you provide enhanced content, an innovative approach, new research, or a more user-friendly voice, then they will be more likely to consider looking at and possibly acquiring your book.
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However, if your book is too similar to an existing one especially one that has done well , or if your content is weak or poorly executed in comparison, then a publisher will be less willing to consider your project. Doing a bit of research beforehand is key.
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Go to the bookstore or do an online search and look at the other books on your topic. Can you do it better? Do you have a different approach or disagree entirely? Do you have a more engaging voice or more credibility? If so, you may be able to compete. A competitive analysis will save you time in the development of your work and during the submission process, since most publishers will ask you about your competition.
Understanding your competition will help you develop a solid marketing strategy, as well as identify ways to connect with your audience. Which brings us to our next topic. What is an author platform? Your platform is your audience; your publicity plans and other promotional activities will be targeted at them. The author platform is essential because it is what sets you apart from every other author in your genre. Publishers and media always look at author platform, sometimes even before they look to the content of the book itself.
Just like a physical platform, an author platform raises you above the crowd. The platform is what will cut through all of the millions of advertising and media messages directed at consumers, carry your book to readers, and in turn drive sales. If your platform is not strong, active, and growing, publishers and media will move on to the next author whose platform is. How do you develop a platform? Before you determine that, there is an even bigger question that needs to be addressed.
First, you need to start by defining your target reader. We addressed this issue in the market section, but as a refresher, your target reader is the person you are writing for, the one most likely to be interested in and benefit from your content. Her newsletter The Writing Life is currently on hiatus, but will be returning. She also contributes to anthologies and is the founder and coordinator of writing conferences. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers. Jessica, Thank you for your blog! It has been very insightful.
I need help getting my manuscript ready for prime time. The Krakow Legacy is a 60,word mystery about Professor Susanna Shepherd, a Fulbright Scholar who must clear her name of a perverse suspicion of murder. Even though your presentation was thorough, I also read the book today and it was awesome.
Thanks again. Thanks so much for the kind words and for buying my book. Best wishes for your writing project and taking risks with your characters. Hope to be there. Appreciate that and hey, I need the money. What are you working on? Best, Jessica. Also, which is best: Joe said, or said Joe? One more thing.
I imply the tag a lot. Lindy Vaughn lindy. Hey Lindsey, Thanks so much for reading and rereading my book. Much appreciated. If possible, you avoid weird voice tags. And sure, the tag can be implied.
Not a problem, especially if the conversation is rolling along. I happen to like visual cues in scenes, including small movements that contain subtexual info and reactions to dialogue. Thanks again, Jessica. Best regards, T. Thanks for reading my blog. Yes, I work as a developmental editor. You can write to me at jessicapage at spiritone dot com. Hi I would submit to you, as literary agent, the original or synopsis of my book that is presented on my website kgericson.
I hope your answer. Cordially Ericson. I have written and revised the query letter many times, have had several friends who are writers offer suggestions, have looked at books and websites about how to write a query letter. I would like a professional review of it. I live in Portland. I also wanted to let you know that it contains an embarrassing typo. Thanks so much for reading my book and glad to hear it was helpful.