What Do Readers Want?

Hey all;

As a writer, I’m often asked questions pertaining to authors. What makes a good writer? How do you come up with plots or characters, etc. But I think a more relevant question should be: what do readers want? After all, we may write for the love of writing (and I would hope most writers approach their craft from that perspective), but if you are published, it would be fairly arrogant to simply throw your work out there and expect readers to flock to your book simply because of your perceived genius.

No, a writer who writes commercially should always be asking themselves how to best serve their readers. And I think what readers want is fairly simple. They want honesty. They want an honest effort from a writer. All they ask is that the creator of a work of fiction has done his or her very best work, every time. We’ve all read something by a favorite author and thought “Wow, they really mailed that one in”, meaning that the writer just threw the book together. Whether because of a dead line, or because they just didn’t care, the reader could tell that the writer hadn’t given it their best effort. Readers aren’t fools and they can’t be fooled easily either.

So if you want to write and release it to the public, think about your audience. Think like a reader. What do they want, what do they expect. All a writer needs to do is their best. Your readers have purchased your work. They deserve your consideration.

J.J.

 

We’re off and running!

Hey all;

Just wanted to say a quick thank you to all of my readers who have picked up a copy of my new novel, “The Battle for Sanctuary”. Yes, it’s longer that the first book in the series, but there’s a lot going on and I wanted to do it justice. Book three is chugging along right now, although I expect that I’ll be releasing the first novel in another series in time for Christmas, and then the next in the “Titan’s Legacy” series in early 2014. Thanks again for all your support!

J.J.

 

The Mind of a Writer

Hey all;

The mind of a writer is a strange thing, in my opinion. Now, I can only speak for myself, so maybe it’s just my mind! But it is definitely what I would consider a different perspective.

I’m constantly listening to dialog between people as I go through my day. Then I often pop my characters into the conversation, mentally, and run through what they would have said in the same situation.

I see events in the daily news and wonder how I could take some of them and use them in a story. And I constantly have plots running through my head, twisting and moving things around to see what is viable and what isn’t. Weird, no?

Well, one thing is for sure…I’m never lonely even when I’m alone!

J.J.

 

New Novel Count Down

Hey all;

Well, the next novel in my “Titan’s Legacy” series is almost out the door. I anticipate that it will be released near the end of next week. It’s been a labor of love and a bit of a slog, but mostly, it’s been a lot of fun. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

I’ll post the day of the release.

J.J.