18 Nov
2014

On a Quest for Readers Part Two

1655060_10202352586313888_1471055173_oThe other day on WOW! Women On Writing‘s blog I wrote a post about my quest for readers. If you want to read that post, you can check it out here. Basically I am wondering, how does an author find readers?

I have asked my publisher and writer of dystopian women’s fiction, Robin Tidwell, this very same question. She talked to me about how I don’t really have books in the same genre or for the same age group, but currently, I have something that ties all three books together. That’s GIRLS. All 3 of my books have strong, smart, brave girls as the main characters, and so that’s my angle.

But my question is this: how do I use this angle to find readers? This is where I need the help of my wonderful friends, co-bloggers, writing friends, complete strangers–I don’t care. JUST. HELP. ME. (I’m not above begging, as you can see.)

Here’s what I’m wondering. What would you want to read about on a blog post or Facebook status or well-constructed 140-character tweet about girls–from ages 3 to 18? If you are a girl from age 3 to 18, what do you want to read about? Other strong girls? Programs for girls? Self-esteem issues? Sexuality issues? Being equal to boys? Frozen? Etc. Etc.

Anyone who comments here or on Facebook is going to be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card in my current Amazon gift card contest. Other ways to enter are to sign up for my newsletter on this page: http://margodill.com/blog/ or buy one of my books with girls as the main character in the holiday sale, where they are cheaper and come gift-wrapped. That info is here: http://margodill.com/blog/books/

Okay, who’s got a good idea? Share and maybe win!

7 Comments

  • Parents of girls really struggle with how to help their daughters. To deal with other girls, to deal with stereotypes, media images of women, and especially social media! Many kids are being bullied by their peers on social media (girl gives her BFF her Instagram password, then they have a fight and the bff posts as the girl, mean stuff). Also, girls are naive about how far reaching their posts can be (sending risqué pictures), and think nothing of talking to strangers across the country. I’ve had girls post inappropriate stuff because they want to be “internet famous.” Parents are struggling to keep up with the ever changing apps and online opportunities. They set limits and the kids find ways around them (fake apps that look like other things, say a calculator).

    Sorry, I could go on and on.
    Girls struggle to fit in just as they ever have. They want to fall in love and live happily ever after, just as we always have.

  • How to survive girls who are bullies, how to survive the heartbreak of a friend who betrays you, how to not fall prey to peer pressure, how to find your own interests that are different from your friends’ interests – these are all things my daughters/stepdaughters/granddaughter have experienced during adolescence.

  • Thank you, Kim and Amie. These are really helpful and giving me some ideas. I appreciate your time coming to the blog and leaving the comment!

  • Gosh, this is becoming a theme this week (with Kasi’s blog post and my VB Book Party). My girl LOVES Frozen like every other girl on the planet. The Disney princesses seem to be what’s next. I think the message that’s trying to be pushed forth these days is: Accept yourself. At least that is what I’m seeing with things like the DOVE commercials and “Run Like a Girl” ad. I wonder how many girls actually feel good about themselves though???

    • I think I have blogged about those, Camille, but I’ll need to figure that out. I want to tell stories from the heart that help girls or parents or both. So, I am getting so many great ideas, too. Thanks for chiming in.

  • Try emailing the nice folk at Mighty Girl about your books. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find their contact. They specialize in highlighting books just like yours and if you can get on their lists it should to lead to sales.
    http://www.amightygirl.com/books

    • Good idea, Debbie. I will do that right now!

So, what do you think?