Finding Your Niche

Did you ever sit down and plan the type of book you are going to write and who you are targeting it to?  I just read an interesting suggestion that writers decide before they sit down to write the book who they are targeting it to.  Do you?  Or do you just sit down and start writing the story that comes into your head, then hope someone else likes it?

With Something Wicked, I did not sit down with the idea:  “I will target young adults.”  I happen to enjoy reading good young adult fantasy and science fiction, so Something Wicked just flowed from my jumbled up mixture of ideas floating around in my head.  Not that it flowed from my fingers easily!   I had no idea of writing a sequel until I was finished with it.  Then the idea for Something Unknown came.  After I threshed out a basic plot, using the index card plan, I came up with enough of a story to get started.  Then a third book idea came, but I can’t think of a good connecting title for it yet.  Any suggestions?

I also have some science fiction ideas partially fleshed out.  Again, they all have young adult main characters.

So my niche with these books is young adults to adults!  I’d say Something Wicked is suitable for ages 10 and up, for whoever likes fantasy that does not have a lot of sex or graphic violence in it.  According to the author of the niche suggestions, I have no niche, since the range is so broad.

There’s another set of books that I want to write, even have one half done.  That really is a niche: Christian romance.  The closest description of those Christian books would be modern Grace Livingston Hill.

Do you have a niche?  Do you want one?

Something Wicked



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2 responses to “Finding Your Niche

  1. I was like you in that when I started my book, I didn’t have a target audience in mind. Actually, I didn’t even know what a target audience was! Since then, I’ve figured out I’m writing for Christian women, but my books would probably be enjoyed by the upper end of young adults as well. Sounds like your books would cross genres as well.

    I’m also like you in that I discovered the note card system after the first rough draft. Then I used the cards to go back and repair the weak story structure. I wish my learning curve was steeper!

    • Sue

      Yeah, those learning curves!

      Usually, I just get an idea for a story and go with it, not wondering who is going to buy it. Looks like that may be the wrong approach.

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