If you could know exactly who your perfect reader was what would you really do with the information?
Countless book marketing gurus proclaim that authors should know who their perfect reader is. That we should know them almost as well as we know ourselves and that we should write and blog about subjects that appeal to them. We could conduct surveys to find the answer, spend our time haunting the social media sites like Goodreads to interact.
As a reader you know what you want. As an author, I haven’t a clue until you tell me.
However, I am also a reader. I love many romance books and their authors, too, but I’m not really the type to do surveys or do the raving fan thing. But in the interests of fair play, I’m willing to share my ‘reader profile’
:: My age is between 40 - 45
:: I went to work as soon as I left school and enjoy working
:: I have a degree, which I studied for whilst working
:: I have a family that keeps me busy
:: I work from home full time
:: I read romance: Regency England settings, Contemporary Romance set anywhere, and Paranormal (vamps most often), Erotic romance any subgenre
:: I only keep the romance stories I love and will reread them often
:: I autobuy (and preorder) certain author books as soon as I hear about them
:: I am willing to try ‘new to me’ and ‘debut authors’ if the story intrigues me
:: However, ‘buy my book’ marketing tweets and posts on social media sites or emails do not make me take a closer look at your book.
:: I have reluctantly given up reading recent releases from a few established authors although I still have their older books on my keeper shelf and adore them
:: I mostly buy digital editions now because I like to grab the story as soon as I see it (postage takes too long and there are few bricks and mortar bookstores in my area)
:: I read on my iPad and iPhone because of file sharing, but iPad is more comfortable for longer stories
That’s me - now your turn. What would your reader profile look like? Have you ever tried writing up one before? What suggestions would you have for interacting with a reader like me?