This is part of the Monday roll for the Rolling Mystery Blog Tour Ink group. Below my article you will find a list of blogs belonging to other members who are participating in this roll and writing on the same subject. Please take time to stop by the participating blogs and see what others have to say about What Readers Want.
And now for my article: What Do Readers Want?
I think one thing writers don’t think about when we are writing is that readers want value for their money. The economy is tough and money is hard to come by. Books can be borrowed from libraries, and friends, and purchased used, so to lay out hard-earned money for a new book means something to the reader. They expect to really enjoy that read. If it’s a mystery, they are expecting to help solve it. If it’s a thriller, they are expecting to be scared. If it’s a romance, they expect to fall a little in love with a character, and be very pleased by the ending.
Readers are expecting to be really entertained, to spend hours with characters they care about, and to be fully satisfied when they put that book down. Entertainment these days is very expensive. A movie and dinner for two can easily cost sixty dollars, or more. Tickets for the theatre, baseball, football, and basketball games, or a night of dinner and dancing is just outrageous. But some people will pay those prices because they are being entertained. It’s tough for a writer to compete with that.
As writers, we have to work harder than ever before to make our books brilliant, our characters real, our plots big, and our writing unique. And then we have to make sure the price is competitive, the marketing is as exhaustive as possible, and the entertainment value the biggest bang for the buck. Other than that, writing these days is a piece of cake!