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Is It Writers Finding Readers – or – Readers Finding Writers?

If I answered my own question from the title up there, I’d have to say it’s some of both (and, the timing of which comes when is mostly incalculable)...

I’ve found yet another way for writers to go looking for readers (or, go put themselves in positions where readers can find them); but, first, I’ll share some links to past posts on the topic with a short excerpt from each:

So, How Do Writers Find Readers?

“The typical traditional way of finding readers has writers finding agents who find publishers who find book outlets who attract readers…”

How Can Authors Find Readers?

“…I don’t think any two books (except the pulps in various genres) have the same history of attracting readers.”

Authors Finding Readers

“Since I’ve been serially posting three of my works over at Wattpad, I’ve adopted, finally, one of the key methods for finding readers—reading what they wrote and commenting on it, Sincerely… 

“Of course, not all readers are writers (though, the way things are going, that may not be true in 100 years…).”

How “Should” Writers Find Readers

“One thing is for sure. There are more ways to attract readers than ever before and there could well be yet many more to come…”

That last link has a video about “Audience Development” with Jane Friedman

And, now, I’ll share a few excerpts from an article (which took me quite by surprise) on BookWorks called, Using Pew Research Stats to Find Your Readers Online:

“Lucky for authors, the Pew Research Center regularly produces surveys on social media use in the U.S., which can likely be extrapolated to many other cultures.”

And, working from recent numbers from Pew, the author provides a few potentially useful surmises:

“…where we’ll find young adults (YA) and YA readers. Well, most likely you’ll find them on Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr.”

“Women dominate Pinterest so it’s only natural that this would be a good option for romance writers.”

“LinkedIn is where every nonfiction author should have a profile.”

NB: Those ideas are that author’s interpretation of the data on Pew surveys

One more excerpt that needs comment:

“Once you know the specifics of your readership—and you should—then refer to the research done by the Pew Research Center and you’ll know how to economize your time on social media.”

O.K., knowing the “specifics” of your readership is something many folks talk about.

I doubt very many authors know any specifics about their readership.

Traditional publishers rarely share any data…

Self-published writers can devise various ways to discover certain readership specifics; but, it’s hard work and takes maximum creative application to not drive the readers away

It seems to me that “know the specifics of your readership” could only rationally be applied, for most writers, to the types of readers the specific writer wants to reach.

And, Pew surveys are a good place to look your “Your” kind of reader.

Pew has many kinds of surveys and the enterprising writer could easily find more than social media stats at Pew

What are your thoughts on writers and their readership…?

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7 responses to “Is It Writers Finding Readers – or – Readers Finding Writers?

  1. Adrian G Hilder February 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Interesting… I only quickly scanned the articles above, but none of them appear to cover how I have connected with over 700 readers and acquired 24 people onto my advance review readers team in 2 months and only a little money spent. I plan to build on this and connect with 1000s or even 10,000s in time. Part of the subject matter of the follow-up interview we’ve spoken about before – perhaps ahead of my next book launch February 28th.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai February 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Aha — teasing me with what shall be revealed…

    :-) Very happy to wait for the interview; but, is there no way to even hint at this method you’ve used?

    Also, I feel I could devote every post to the art of finding readers (or, helping readers find you) and never run out of new material :-)


  3. Adrian G Hilder February 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    A few key phrases – there is NOTHING more important than building an email list of interested readers. You do it by offering a novel, novella or if it’s all you have, a sample of an eBook to come as a gift for signing up. You need an email service like MailChimp or cheaper and better for authors, MailerLite that enables sending a pre-prepared series of welcoming emails over 2 to 3 weeks. To promote your “reader magnet” you can learn about lead generation Facebooks ads, but a kick in subscribers comes by registering your book with instaFreebie (about 20 months old as a service) where you will get 3 to 7 subscribers a day for doing nothing. The kick comes by organising group giveaways with other authors in your genre and promoting the giveaway to your existing email subscribers and all the social media channels at your disposal. instaFreebie is free for the first month ($20 after) and has a referral scheme. In a nutshell, that is it. Approach Facebook ads with care and experiment with $5 a day until you learn to target audiences by the right “interests”. You can blow a lot of money fast if you do not approach it with care.


  4. Adrian G Hilder February 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I found a retired copy editor on my advanced readers’ team by instaFreebie. She has become a “superfan”.


  5. Alexander M Zoltai February 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for revealing a potential reader-attraction method to this blog’s readers, Adrian…

    I hope you’ll still talk about this in your next interview here… ;-)


  6. Adrian G Hilder February 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I certainly will. I’m keen to share with you ahead of my next book launch.


  7. Alexander M Zoltai February 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm



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