Looking for Readers?
Don’t forget Authors
The rank and file of authors is growing daily as self-publishing continues to rise in popularity and acceptance. Every day there are new posts telling writers how to connect with readers and how to find their target audience.
I think we forget to look in our own backyard for some of the best readers to acquire—other authors.
"But, Marla," you argue, "we’re in 'competition' with other authors."
Are we, really? Some things to consider:
1. All authors are readers. If you read author interviews, you’ll discover the one thing we all have in common is a love of books. Loving books includes reading!
2. Authors leave Reviews for the books they read.
3. An author review, even if it isn’t a five-star, glowing report, will be realistic, and criticism will be constructive.
4. Yes, we’re all looking for a piece of the pie, but the pie is duplicating itself at wildly exponential rates. The number of Kindle readers alone are in the millions. Add to those numbers, users of Ipads and other device readers, including the latest craze, reading on a mobile device, and the number triples. There’re plenty of readers to go around, and many of them are new readers who are looking for new authors.
5. Follow and friend other authors, especially those that write in your genre. The payoff may surprise you!
It was a wonderful feeling to hear from so many of you who responded to my two blogs aimed at older authors. Comforting to know I have so much company!
Writing is a lonely profession. Meeting others with the same goals and interests makes it less so!
Happy to meet all of you,