Do you ever ask your readers questions?
If you have a mailing list, a Facebook fan page or a blog, it can be very helpful to get their input.
For instance, a while back I wondered when I should publish the Christmas romance I was writing. I was thinking that my readers would appreciate it in October, November, or maybe as late as December or as early as September.
So I asked them, and 99% replied something that took me completely by surprise.
To “when do you prefer to read Christmas romances” they replied:
All year long!
I would never have guessed that, so I’m glad I asked.
If you’re still building a following, you might have none to ask, and in that case, I recommend that you skim forums, blog posts, reviews… Because you NEED to know what your readers want and don’t want.
Yes, it’s time consuming, I know, because I’ve done it, but it’s necessary.
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