Friday, September 3, 2010

Who would like my book?

Lately I’ve been wondering if my book will entertain readers the way it does me.

I mean when it really comes down to it, I don’t know, I guess I will never know… unless I get published and my book sells millions of copies.

For you unpublished writers out there, what keeps you writing? What do you see in your work that makes it all worth doing?

Sure I get the whole “I have to write” mentality, because I suffer from that myself.

Do you wonder if your book has what it takes?

If so, what keeps you going?

My book is written to appeal to a very select group of readers… and that scares me.

All I can hope for is there are a ton of people who like what I like or my writing career will be short lived.

Do you ever feel this way, or do you push on with the hope your work is destine for greatness?

I have no doubt I will complete my book and pursue it to be published until I die. But sometimes I wonder if it really has what it takes to appeal to enough people to be a success.

I really don’t know what I am trying to get at, but hopefully you get the point… and any comment you might leave will help—thx.


  1. Jeff...I wrote a huge comment...then it disappeared...I'll ceck back later to see if it showed up. If not I'll repost....

  2. Who cares if anyone else likes it?

    Sorry, I know that doesn't help, but fear of what others will think gets me SOOOO down. Like I'm in a beauty contest, and if my novel isn't "pretty" enough, I don't make it to the next round.

    You will be judged, but in the end, if YOU are happy with your own book, then you will be happy. My goal? To write a book that I enjoy reading more than my favorite books. In other words, I am writing, essentially, to please myself.

    I'm in process of writing a poem for you (and me, and so many of my other fellow writers)... check it out later today.

  3. I have not been writing a lot these days and I have found when I do write I like prefer to write small pieces. I like blog posts, journal entries and articles as well as poetry. I really enjoy creating a poem but my self doubt keeps me from doing a lot of things including sharing my poetry. It has kept me in a job that I don't like and practically paralyzed me the last few years. Stop doubting yourself. There are a lot of books out there that have a very specific target audience. There are a lot of readers out there so keep it up!

  4. What keeps me going is my kids. They 100% believe in me. I have to keep going. I want to keep going. But more than anything, I want to show them that if you believe in something, you can make it happen. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  5. I'm with Shakespeare. Would I like an audience of fans? Sure. But I don't write because I think it will make me rich and famous. I write because I have to.

    And, because I have a day job, I write what I want to write and only that. that way, even if no one else likes it, I do. And that's a lot better than none.

  6. I agree that it is only important that YOU like it.

  7. Jeff--Enjoying what your doing is important. If you never sell your book, so what? Have you enjoyed writing it? Have you done something amazing? How many people have written a 75,000 word novel? I think self doubt is a normal part of the process. I have a friend who has 8 novels that have made top selling lists who still worries everytime she submits a new ms to her agent...

    So your novel is complete...What is next? Do you have a critique group or found a Beta reader? Have you written a synopsis? Worked on a query? Researched who you might send it to? There is a lot to getting it published...If you love it, and you want to share it with the'll have to put it out there...

    Best wishes!

  8. I really with agree with Sharon and with everyone else above. I think that you should test it out. That really is the only way to know. And if you find that its not appealing to as many people as you would like, due to a specific subject matter, decide how much what you are willing to change what you write to suit your potential audience. Good luck!