The Search For My Ideal Reader

The Search For My Ideal Reader

Every author, blog, group, chat, or marketing guru who has an opinion on how to be an indie author states that we (the author) need to know who our ideal reader is. Heck, I don’t even know what my ideal book to read is, how can I know who my ideal reader is?

So I sat down and thought about it and here’s what I’ve come up with to solve my perfect reader dilemma…questions.

Does your book have excessive bad language and/or sexual situations? Are the sexual situations any of the following:

  • Multiple partners?
  • Daddy issues?
  • BDSM?
  • Fetishism?

If you answer yes to any of the bulleted situations, you’re writing for an adult. If not, then the jury is still out so let’s continue.

What is the age of your main character?

The odds are if there are children as the protagonist you’re writing either MG (middle grade) or YA (young adult) novels. So your ideal reader is someone younger.

Is there a major romantic component in your story?

Is there excessive violence?

Does your main character have any personal issues that may be difficult for someone under the age of eighteen to understand?

What is your character’s gender? If you didn’t know the character’s gender would the story read the same?

The answers for the Custodian of the Golden Assembly series are:

  1. Yes, I have bad language in my book. I do not believe it’s excessive, but I do believe it is too much for someone under the age of 16 to read. While I have lots of innuendo about the male body and eye candy’s importance to a female of a certain age, there is only one kiss in the entire novel, so sex is not an issue. Apparently, I’m writing for an adult.
  2. My main character is forty-four-years-old, so again I’m writing for an adult.
  3. Yes, there is a romantic component to my story which does become important in later books, so again I am writing for an adult, but romance isn’t exclusively adult in nature. Kids have romance too, and it should be important to YA authors to remember the passion.
  4. Hmm, excessive violence? My MC threatens a gnome, fights a serial killer, and threatens her ex-husband. I don’t think it’s “excessive.”
  5. As for the next question, are an addiction to chocolate, being prone to melodrama, and having self-esteem issues challenging for a younger individual to understand? I doubt it.
  6. Finally, my character’s gender is female (duh), and no, the story wouldn’t read the same if I changed the gender or hid it. Although, I could change the gender of my male and female leads and it would probably still work.

So here’s what I’ve got: I’m writing for an adult.

Well, that’s not much of an ideal reader description. So I go back and look at all my answers, and I realize one thing, the person I’ve written for is me. Seriously, I wrote this book to be read by a fortysomething, divorced, possibly childless woman who believes that life doesn’t end at thirty-five and those women deserve to be respected, honored, revered, and loved for what they bring to the world. This does not mean men won’t enjoy my books. I hope they do, but there are things in my books a man might not appreciate (can you say junk check?), though I hope they’ll try anyway.

Until next time,

V. L. COoke

The Story of a Self-Published Scammer … A Must Read for Every Author

The Story of a Self-Published Scammer … A Must Read for Every Author

In March, I took Golden Opportunity out of Kindle Unlimited. There were several reasons I chose to do this, but the simplest reason was money. It wasn’t paying me to keep the book in KU. While I acknowledge my books was less than perfect and since I don’t have a huge backlist taking it out seems foolish the truth is I don’t like being forced by Amazon to beg for crumbs from the tables of scammers.

In my best month I managed to eke out 2,000 page reads in KU. All of which means I made approximately $8.50 for my 2,000 pages read through their ten dollar a month program. Somehow this seems off to me. While I’m more inclined to believe it has to do with my being unknown, the fact my book needs to be edited better, and a myriad of other issues that I take responsibility for. It’s hard to reconcile it with people like the one in the article below. I believe every self-published author should read this and I hope you all will. When you’re done, come back and see what I discovered about the author in question. Thanks.

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts. The Kindle Store is officially broken. This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed […]

via Scammers Break The Kindle Store — David Gaughran 

I was curious about the person who would use a clickfarm to game the system. I found his blog and I found this intriguing interview where he shares this gem with the world: “First and foremost I am a philosopher, an aspect of myself that is deeply ingrained in anything I write. Ever since a young age I deigned to think of questions to reality and challenge our perception. I would consider myself a natural skeptic, a characteristic that spills into any endeavor. I am a very competitive person, but also a calm soul. A little bit of fire and ice packed into one form.” Philosopher? I guess that’s one word for it, although I would have went with arrogant, self-absorbed, elitist, but I digress.

I also found his Twitter account. An account created in March of 2017 while his book came out in October of 2016. Gosh, if only you’d put your social media presence to work before you resorted to ripping off your fellow authors this might have been a different post.

So, using my newly discovered internet stalker skills I went to Amazon and found this literary gem (Yes, that’s sarcasm. Yes, I know it’s the lowest form of wit. Yes, I just declared myself to be a little stupid). Inside the book, thanks to Amazon’s Look Inside feature, I discover the author is such a scammer he can’t even come up with an original idea to work from on his own. The book is a poorly written knock-off of Eragon. Shame on you Mr, Karadjian.

The rest of his books include a duet of fantasy novels and a memoir. I won’t say anything about the memoir because you never attack someone’s family, but those novels are fair game. How do you feel knowing the second book in your series has a four-star review which reads: “I received this book from the author for an honest review. This book is definitely better than the the first in the series. It answer a few if the questions that were left by the first book” and came out the same month as your book Dragonsoul?

I’m sorry that you felt the need to do what amounts to cheating, but where’s it going to get you in the end? If your product sucks then no one is going to tell their friends to buy it and this little surge you got by paying for your clicks is going to fall sooner than you realize. What then? Perhaps this author says it best with the title of his article.

Love you all,

V. L.

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