Monday, July 7, 2008
Who Is Your/Our Reader?
I’m not published yet, so I technically don’t have any readers yet…but as part of this blog, I do. I also realized when we Title Magic ladies began this blog, we really didn’t introduce ourselves…we had been on a loop together for several busy months before beginning this blog.
We know each other, so we assumed anyone logging in would know us, too. Or perhaps we thought only our friends would be blogging with us. I don’t know, but we might have overlooked something in those assumptions. We had even decided on our chat loop the purpose of the blog and what we hope to offer. I’m not sure we made those goals clear—or perhaps it doesn’t hurt to review—on the blog itself.
Also, I haven’t heard from a guest blogger I’d hoped to have here today so I’m being creative:)
When I attended the Pro Retreat at Nationals two years ago (wow, time flies and Dallas and San Francisco were a bit much for my pocketbook), one of the talks focused on this very topic—who are your readers—of your book and/or your blog. The finalists of the American Title IV contest last year decided we wanted to blog about the craft, the business, and the joy of writing. Our targeted audience has been writers like us—some relatively new to the process, some experienced and wise, all of us busy. Please let us know who you are—and what topics you might like to see covered.
Our purpose is both to inform and entertain—and we hope you can’t get the exact same information elsewhere. We hope to provoke a response from the reader—and we hope to personalize the blogs—make them relevant to all of you out there in cyberspace—and we hope to have repeat customers. All of the same goals exist when we write our books.
Finally, just in case you didn’t see the American title stuff in Romantic Times magazine, here’s me—Lexie. I’m the mother of two (who are not letting me write very much lately), wife, and psychology professor in the Southeastern United States. I’ve been a member of RWA since 2002, but only get to write in the summers so I consider myself still very new. I’ve been writing fantasy romance—aliens and rednecks, shapeshifters and so on. This summer, I’ve been sort of at a resting point—writing, and receiving “good” rejection letters as if such things exist. They do to me, I appreciate it when an agent states—you’re a good writer, but I can’t advocate the story line. Maybe I’m making progress, but at the very least, I’m enjoying writing!!