Getting in touch with your target audience can be somehow challenging, especially when we don’t know where to find our readers. As social media has become big nowadays, writers struggle to manage their time between writing their novel and having an 9-5 job, school, taking care of children, cleaning house, besides other activities.
I can say that most my days, it is hard enough to keep up with everything at the same time, let alone dealing with my lack of energy due to the harsh winter of Wisconsin. After all, this has been one of the worst winters I faced in the last thirteen years living in this state. It wasn’t just a normal cold winter, but my son’s school closed for more than a week due to the extreme low temperatures of minus thirty-five degree or snow storm in the months of January, February and March. But no matter how hard it has been to wake up early for work and dress myself warm, it is never warm enough. All I can do is finding ways to put my ideas in the paper. And the days I feel like reading more than writing, I also make sure to have a presence online. This means I am getting in touch with other writers and prospective readers while relaxing at home even though I shouldn’t relax J as laundry is always the most difficult task. Among Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, I can also tell that Goodreads, Wattpad and NaNoWriMo have been very helpful because those are great platforms to meet other aspiring writers that will support you. As I post one chapter every week on Wattpad, I post comments for the many stories available in that site. I remember posting some of my novels couple years ago, but eventually deleting them for not believing they were good enough to be there. I think most writers go through that stage, so this is why I think it is important to support them. The reality is that a real writer won’t give up on their goals of becoming published, but although writing looks like a solo career, we, as fellow writers, need to work as a team with each other.
If you are a young adult writer trying to finish your novel, one of the best bets, is getting in contact with teenagers and young readers that will probably enjoy reading your book in the future but don’t know that yet exists or you are in the middle of it. Those young readers are looking for topics that reflect our world today. Drugs, bullying, intimate partner violence, sexual assault are some of the common themes I enjoy discussing in some of my books. In Everfar, for example, I discuss about the reality of international students coming for a seasonal job in US. Topics following that subject are work exploitation, culture shock, language barrier, drugs, alcohol, violence and sexual assault. I wrote this book based on my own experiences as being an international student back in 2001 and 2006. Even though the main character plotline wasn’t based on my personal story, I had the chance to observe and learn the different cultures that play a big part in my manuscript. For the ones who never experienced what is like being an international student working in a resort and a variety of restaurants in town, I think volunteer work with teens and young adults could possibly make a big difference. Think about the domestic violence and sexual assault field as well. There are so many openings for writers who are interested. I get is not an easy job and might not be a great fit for everyone, but the opportunities are definitely endless. community resources. Working in this field, it really helps me to understand the dynamics of intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. I say that because I work in the intimate Partner violence field and helps me to understand why victims don’t leave the batterer, for example. In conclusion, readers want something that feels real to them and if they don’t feel that way in your book, they will find another interesting read.