Are You Writing the Wrong Book?

The idea for this post comes from C. Hope Clark at www.fundsforwriters.com and her weekly newsletter. This week she talked about how on American Idol, contestants often fail to hit the mark simply because they didn't choose the right song. It doesn't suit them, people don't really want to hear them sing it because they don't do as well with it. However, the singer often has chosen the song because it has special meaning to him/her. He didn't think of the audience, in this case the judges.

She also points out that it's the same for writers and I whole-heartedly agree. When you choose a topic, whether for a book or an article etc. if you want to sell it, the choice can't be all about you. You must know who you're writing for, who you expect to buy it, what they will likely buy and then give it to them. If you are just planning to write for fun, you don't need to worry about these things and that's perfectly okay. But if you want to make any kind of income, you must keep your audience in mind at all times. Otherwise, don't expect to advance to the next level.

Good Writing & God Bless,
Cheryl Pickett

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