By: Writer’s Edit
What does it mean to write for yourself? It means that the story, the characters and the style are what you would want to read. And what you enjoy writing.
Writing for the market means creating a book based on current market trends, and what research says readers want to read. It’s a calculated approach that focuses on getting published and selling books.
Certainly as writers, getting published and selling books is a big part of many of our dreams. However, steering away from the calculated approach will bring infinitely more to your career.
Remember: Fads Are Fickle
In the last decade the market has changed a lot. Vampires were the hippest thing, after the release of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight in 2005. Then came the popularity of paranormal in general with novels such as Cassandra Clare's City of Bones.
Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games sparked a love of dystopia, and now more realistic novels sit at the top with John Green's Fault in Our Stars and Stephen Chbosky's The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. And all that's just the YA shelf.
Market trends are of high interest to publishers, editors and agents. But while it's useful for a writer to be conscious of the market, planning to reap success from a genre fad is impractical.
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