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April 18, 2010

Parts of a Proposal: Market and Audience

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: , — ax20 @ 2:15 pm

This part of a proposal is about knowing your audience. Who will read your book? What is your target audience? While you should have this in mind while writing the book itself, if you don’t, you’d better figure it out. The book needs to be age appropriate (adult books can’t be too simple, children’s book can’t be too complex or too gruesome). If not, the people who it is intended for won’t read it.

By being able to show that you know your who your target audience, you show that your book is viable in the market. For example, if you write a children’s magic series, you can point out some current, successful books, movies, and tv shows in that area. If you’re writing a fictional sports book, showing the love for sports stories is a good idea (you may want to point out how Friday Night Lights and the Blindside are both successful books turned into movies and a tv show, for example). If your writing a non-fiction book about raw food, then you may want to show the growth of the raw food movement, some celebrities in the news who are following it, some recent articles published about it.

The idea is to show that there is interest in the type of book you are writing and that you have an idea of who they can direct it towards. Of course, they made decide there’s an even better market you haven’t thought of, but as long as they see it’s viable, they will be more inclined to want it.

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  1. […] https://ax20c.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/parts-of-a-proposal-market-and-audience/For example, if you write a children’s magic series, you can point out some current, successful books, movies, and tv shows in that area. If you’re writing a fictional sports book, showing the love for sports stories is a good idea (you … […]

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