Choosing a Target

As you start developing your writing skills, you need to think about your target audience. Who do you want to write for? Do you want to write for adults, kids or teens? If you want to write for children, what ages? These are very important considerations because each target audience will have very unique requirements.

How do you go about choosing your target audience? Decide what types of books you are most passionate about writing. If you want to write non-fiction books about the Civil War, then you need to decide for what age group. An indepth look at the Battle of Glorieta in New Mexico would appeal much more to adults than children. If you want to write mystery stories, do you want your character to be more like Nancy Drew or Miss Jane Marple? If you want to write math concept books, do you want to discuss analytical geometry and advanced trigonometry or simple problem solving?

You, of course, are not limited to just one target. But since you are just starting out, it is best to stick to one. Make your choice and then we will look at the next step: genre.

2 Responses

  1. This is great! And I love how you tie in Nancy Drew since she was one of your favorites! Did you read Miss Marple, too?

  2. I only read one or two Miss Marple mysteries and one Hercule Poirot. I preferred the kids’ mystery stories.

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