Authors Notes, Blog post

The Audience You Write For

We aren’t writing for you. Okay, ultimately, yes, we are completely writing for you. The reader. But we started writing what we wanted to write not what we thought would sell.

Here’s the thing… as comic book icon Stan Lee said:

“Everybody wants to feel that you’re writing to a certain demographic because that’s good business, but I’ve never done that … I tried to write stories that would interest me. I’d say, what would I like to read?… I don’t think you can do your best work if you’re writing for somebody else, because you never know what that somebody else really thinks or wants.” – STAN LEE, Brandweek, May 2000

We believe ultimately most writers would agree. Just the idea of ‘writing for a demographic’ makes the whole thing feel like a job. A job, by the way, that has zero guarantee of payment or success. Wow, what joy.

Yes, writing is a business. Truthfully, many writers don’t have that mindset and they need to – especially when it comes to marketing. And yet though it is a business, our desires, not demographics, have to come first. The Onyx Webb series has always been about what we like. We like twists, turns, near misses, and horrific karma. And that is what we create.

Here are a few other writer’s thoughts on the subject…

“I don’t give a damn what other people think. It’s entirely their own business. I’m not writing for other people.” – Harold Pinter

“The less attention I pay to what people want and the more attention I pay to just writing the book I want to write, the better I do.” – Lawrence Block

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” – Cyril Connolly

Thank you for visiting us! Your comments are always read and appreciated. If you have NOT read and reviewed Book One, please go grab your copy today!  Have you become an Onyx Webb fan? Sign up here. – AW

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