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Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

Designing for your audience

I am continuing on my topic from yesterday as I think it’s relevant and deserves some attention.

My blog is pretty straightforward. My page, color scheme, etc… represent me. But I’m wondering , as I peruse other writer/author blogs, maybe my page needs to represent my genre.

If you are targeting a certain audience with your work (and we generally are based on genre), should your blog try to attract them? This of course is in line with how much information about your WIP is too much to post online.

Perhaps having two blogs is the answer. One for your actual work. To vent, find like-minded writers, get support, etc… And another site for your platform. A site dedicated to your current WIP. Thoughts?

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16 responses

  1. Two blogs and a WIP…madness! when will you have time to sleep?

    I guess you need to really think about what you want to use the blog for. Do you want to describe your WIP in detail, or describe the process, the thoughts and a general outline of how you are going and what it is about etc? Then you will know your answer.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    • I’m just thinking it would be easier to have both. Granted the WIP blog wouldn’t be continually updated like this one is. It would just be an overview of the WIP to create interest.
      But…then you hit the original snag.. What’s too much info. See, it’s a tricky one. Ultimately, the time to have a ‘book blog’ would be when you were getting published.
      But this conflicts with the whole idea of creating interest BEFORE the book is released in order to actually get it released/published in the first place. Ouch…did that make any sense?

      May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

  2. Ellie

    Create a facebook page for your WIP. All you need do then is update with where you are in terms of chapters written, editing stage or whatever you choose. You can have a link on your blog to the page, be creating a fan base – just put on it like a back blurb to create an enticing anticipation and then you already have a ready platform to use for agents, or if need be, in prep for your self publishing launch.

    Don’t do a second blog. Keep this blog as your main site that leads to all avenues. A second blog would look half hearted with such little info – where as the fb page doesnt have to have much, its not expected.

    You can ignore me though – i realise this comment comes across quite opinionated.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

    • Your opinions are valued here:) That’s a really good idea. I have my private fb but I could certainly create a page for the book. Hmmm…interesting. Like it. Thank you!

      May 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

      • Ellie

        Awww thanks! I created an FB page for my guide. I don’t put much on there but it just provides another place to shout ‘hey look at this!’ getting followers is hard work – I only have 48 but I havent tried as hard as i rightly should.

        May 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      • Ellie,
        Your fb page is good. Nice thing for you is you have a pic of the completed book. Big advantage in that regard. I’d have to create some kind of picture or something…. who knows. I’m definately going to give it some thought. I’m no where near mastering followers…48 sounds good.

        May 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm

  3. Kristin Brænne

    Be a ★ !

    May 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

  4. Gathering followers is a hard job, I’m working hard at that at the moment, grabbing friends on last.fm, then directing them to my blog without sounding like I’m spamming is hard 😉

    May 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  5. LOL!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

  6. I’ve gone from 12 friends to 188, so eventually a few of these will latch on, I’m sure of it!

    May 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

  7. Now up to 370+ on last.fm and generating some good traffic!

    June 20, 2011 at 4:07 am

    • Ah…you’re back. Good job on traffic. You’ve got an up on me.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      • All I’ve done is look at the other places on the web where I am active and expose those people that I interact with to what I’m working on. Hopefully I will be able to grab a few readers, the more people I connect with, the more likely I am to attract people to my page.

        June 22, 2011 at 7:38 am

        • By other spaces you mean last.fm? You have an advantage in some ways because your blog content is much broader.

          June 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

  8. True, but there are plenty of places, tumblr, twitter, writing forums, etc that are full of people. You just need to know where to look!

    June 26, 2011 at 3:23 am

  9. You’re right. Twitter is going well now. I’ll hang with that and WP for a while. Hard enough with the MS too.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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