My Week in Paris: Day 6

We had an interesting lecture today on networking. We had a panel of 3 writers who have all been published. Their techniques on using social media were all different, but the results are similar. I will talk more about this on another post.

The other lecture we had was on Literary Agents and their roles. Although I’ve researched enough on Agents, there were still helpful tips to be picked up. I will also feature this on another blog post.

Tomorrow, our class will be discussing Narration. My story will be critiqued. Yikes. I’ll let you know how that goes.

The workshop ends tomorrow. I know it’s only been a week, but it feels like forever. I am ready to go home.

My Week in Paris: Day 6

We had an interesting lecture today on networking. We had a panel of 3 writers who have all been published. Their techniques on using social media were all different, but the results are similar. I will talk more about this on another post.

The other lecture we had was on Literary Agents and their roles. Although I’ve researched enough on Agents, there were still helpful tips to be picked up. I will also feature this on another blog post.

Tomorrow, our class will be discussing Narration. My story will be critiqued. Yikes. I’ll let you know how that goes.

The workshop ends tomorrow. I know it’s only been a week, but it feels like forever. I am ready to go home.

Writing tip #7: Know Your Target Audience

You’ve written a book and you’re ready to get it published. Question is, do you know your target audience?

If you say it’s “everyone”, you may have a problem. Everyone is too broad and everyone is not what agents and publishers want to hear.

To get a better idea of your audience, start by thinking of your genre. Knowing your genre can help identify your audience.

For instance, let’s say you’ve written a love story and it falls under Women’s Fiction. Now you know a little more about who your readers are: women. But let’s get even more specific.

Try asking yourself the following questions (modify these questions based on your genre):
What’s the age group of these women?
Are they single, married or divorced?
Are they mothers?
Are they career women?
What sorts of books do they read? Who are the authors?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll know exactly who your target audience is. This will help you pitch your story to the right agents. And if you’re self-publishing, this will help you in marketing your book.

 

Formatting Your Manuscript

Sometimes writing a great story is still not enough. If you want your story to be read and considered, you have to make sure you format it correctly. Follow the right guidelines and make it as professional as possible. No colored papers or fancy fonts. Remember, Agents and Editors and are after your story, not your pretty stationery or pretty text.

When it comes to formatting your manuscript, a lot of questions can come to mind.

I came across an article on formatting on Writer’s Digest that I found very helpful. I hope it helps answer your questions.

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/what-writers-need-to-know-about-formatting-faqs

Also, you can check out the book, Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript.