Good morning and welcome to Thursday Thoughts. Today, we’re going to be talking about who you should write your book to.
Seems rather simple. You have decided to write a book. You have all the important elements plotted out but you’re sitting at your computer, staring at the screen, and wondering just who you should write this book to. Should it be for the readers, for their enjoyment? Should you write to potential reviewers, in an effort to impress them?
Many authors lately have struggled with this conundrum. To me, it’s rather simple to resolve. We should always write to our potential readers. The story will evolve and be simple to follow if we decide on this route.
Before anyone jumps up and says but without reviews, readers won’t know about my book, just hang on. Says who? Alleged experts on the internet telling you how you have to write your story? I must ask just how many books these people have written or if they have any experience with books except to review them.
One thing you have to learn as an author is to believe in your work. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to write a book in a certain manner, in order to get their five star review. Yes, those five star reviews are great. They certainly look nice on the sales venues, but unless the every day reader finds your book interesting and intriguing, they aren’t going to purchase it.
These people will never know the spontaneity of your characters, the tension In the scenes, or any of the many details you so painstakingly researched to make your story alive. They will, instead, be reading a book that is “perfectly” written, with every detail outlined and with fabulous plotting, but because you opted to write for a reviewer, your book may seem dry or too slow for them. They’ll walk away without ever discovering the great tale you crafted, because you were afraid a reviewer wouldn’t like your book.
The reality is that reviewers are nice. Getting great reviews from them does seem important, but in the end you need readers to buy your books and read them to achieve your goal of being an accepted author. So, if you are faced with this decision, remember that your readers will be with you long after the reviewers have moved on.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond. game when plotting a new story.
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