Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Describing My Audience--here goes...

So, Christmas is over and we all got our new e-readers up and running, ready to download books by the ka-gillions...(FYI, I bought Heaven's Bow) but wait...there's no time to read because we must finish our proposals! (Of course, there's time to read...just joking!) Still, these nasty things called proposals must get done so all the agents out there can gasp! at our unique minds and superb talents.

Audience. Audience. Audience. Remember, according to our fab mentor M we can get rejected simply by having too large or too small an audience. M says, "If you write a book for everyone, no one will buy it." ...and, "If you want to appeal to the masses, make sure you appeal to the one." In other words,we must be descriptively clear on who--precisely--our foremost target audience is.

Audience for The MotherHeart of God: Biblical Evidence for the Femininity of the Holy Spirit

Primary audience: Christian women who want to learn about the Holy Spirit.
Secondary: feminists.
Third audience: women between the ages of 30-45 who are spiritual seekers.
Fourth: Christian men.

In the proposal (make it not boring!)
Audience: "Whether they get their cards read once a week or engage in a weekly Bible study, this book will satisfy women who seek a spiritual life, love God and Jesus and want to learn about the Spirit, or simply wonder how femininity fits in with Christian theology."

Audience for Saving Mary: The Possession and The Deliverance

Primary audience: Men and women between the ages of 25-45 interested in spirituality, they've seen ghosts or, at the very least, believe in spirits and the possibility of demons; they wonder...what do the spirits want..are they safe?
Secondary audience: Christians, men and women between the ages of 25-45 who enjoy learning about the supernatural and would appreciate a true story of exorcism from a first-person perspective.
Third audience: Young Adult (though I did not write the book for this market, it may prove to attract the YA crowd).

In the proposal (make it not boring!) 
Audience: "This book is for those men and women who wonder about ghosts, spirits and demons. Those of us who, although now educated and working nine to five, still remember the feeling of being ten-years-old and sensing a presence in the room with us. A light going out. A shadow lurking down the hall. A dream that's just a little too real."

1 comment:

  1. Great synopsis of your books! I just started reading your blog so have to go back in time to see if you have posted anything about self-publishing. I wonder why you would wait on an agent to get a read that appears so compelling out there? I will keep reading and maybe I'll find out!