Do you know your potential readers?

Your book readers are critical to your success as an author.  So you better know them inside out or you are not going to be successful.  I know this is a bold statement but it’s true!

As a publisher I always ask my potential authors if they know who will buy and read their book.  Almost all of them say “I believe that everyone could enjoy reading my book.”  Wrong!  It would be lovely if everyone would buy and love your book but that doesn’t happen even for a bestselling author.   People have very definitive tastes in book topics and writing styles.  You can’t possibly appeal to all of them and it would be a waste of your time to try target the entire world.

Defining your target reader is the most important thing you can do before creating your marketing plan.  It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about social media , PR or advertising – if you don’t know who your target reader is none of this stuff will be effective.

Do some research by looking at books similar to your own and check out the reviews.  Start by identifying who your readers are by using standard demographics like:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Family Size
  • Location
  • Language Spoken

Once you come up with a profile of a target reader you will be able to use that information to find out where these people hang out and then take the steps to communicate with them.  Without this information you’re really shooting in the dark!

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