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Who Are My Readers?

Authors nowadays are being bombarded with the idea of an author brand, and targeting their core readers.

The first part I have no problem with. I write high-stakes romantic adventure and paranormal romance, and with a little help from a professional, I came up with “Love with a Shot of Adrenaline” as a catchy tagline.

But the concept of my core reader is difficult for me. I think I balk at defining my core reader because *I* don’t want to be defined. I asked once if identifying my CR means “a 30-something married mother of two with a day job” or more like “someone who loves Suzanne Brockmann, Firefly, and the idea of jumping out of an airplane.” The answer I got? Both. *sigh*

I feel like saying “my core readers are X” is exclusionary, even though branding experts insist it’s not. I would be annoyed if someone said the most die-hard Suz Brockmann fans are 30-something, because I’m 40. I like Falling Skies and Modern Family, and those are diametrical opposites. Hence my resistance to defining you, my readers.

But in addition to being a rebel, I’m also pretty obedient to the people in authority over me, so I want to try to understand my readership better. (Honest, it’s only PARTLY so I can say “neener neener, they’re undefinable!”)

So yay, fun survey time! 🙂 Completely anonymous, of course. Also of course, you have to have read and liked at least one of my books. Please tweet and post on Facebook or link on your blog or send an e-mail to friends or whatever, so I can get more than, like, three responses. 🙂

I’m at the RWA National conference this week, probably with no Internet access (expensive hotels mean no free wifi, how dumb is that?), so I’ll post about the results in two weeks. The poll will remain open indefinitely, so if you want to go buy one of my books now and THEN take the survey, that would be awesomeness. 🙂

Thank you!

Click here to take the survey!

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One Response

  1. Can’t wait to see your results!

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