Readers. Every writer wants them and we all have our own tastes and likes when it comes to what we read. Like most writers I am a voracious reader. I just counted and I have 38 books on my TBR pile – everything from YA , romance, fiction and non-fiction. Yikes. I tell myself that I won’t purchase another book until I’ve read at least half of those books . . and that falls completely by the wayside when I walk into a bookstore or read a good review.
I took a workshop where the presenter informed us that women tend to read decision based plots and men like time-clock plots. (Decision – conflict resolution depends on a decision by the characters. Time-clock – conflict resolution operates under a timeline). A lot of romance books fall under the decision based category, while a lot of thrillers hit the ticking clock list. The presenter mentioned this as one of the things to keep in mind when we are writing. What is our target audience?
Frankly I hadn’t thought of it like that. I write the stories I love. And I love both romance and thrillers. And darn near everything else.
My local bookstore owner said that she has a lot more men reading paranormal romances now that she has moved some of them to the fantasy section. And the YA section is right in front as you walk in because it is so popular with both young adults and older ones.
Is it a label that draws a reader? YA? Chick Lit? Romance?
I was in Subway last week and I noticed a gentleman sitting by himself. He was burly, wore a baseball hat and a t-shirt and had a long, scruffy biker’s beard. It’s terribly judgmental of me, but I would have steered clear of him if I saw him by myself at night. I couldn’t see the title of the book he was reading – and believe me I tried – but I could clearly see the buff heroine with the long sword. Urban fantasy with a strong kick-ass heroine.
Never in a million years would I have paired that man with that book.
It made me smile for the rest of the day. I’m smiling now just remembering it. I hope I have a reader like that when I am published. He could not put the book down. I’m positive he will buy the next book by that author. Whether it’s a label, the cover or where the book was placed in the store – it certainly had him hooked.
Do you tend to buy books in certain genres? Do bookstore displays catch your attention? Do you have an audience in mind as you write?