I'm running a 'Writing for Children' workshop with fellow children's author Ann Evans in Nuneaton today. One of the things we'll be talking about is how important it is to think about the age of the reader you're writing for and the market you're aiming at. Standard advice for new writers but it made me wonder, how many established writers actually do this.
So how do you write? Do you study the market, look for a gap in it and try to fill that gap? Or try to write 'what's hot' at the moment? Do you have the age of your reader in mind when you write or do you simply write the story that's in your head and then hope you can sell it?
I put questions like this to the wonderful SAS members when I was writing my latest book Get Writing: Children's Fiction which will be published on 18 July. They gave me some brilliant answers so thank you very much, SAS, for sharing your expert tips and advice with me and would-be writers everywhere. You're stars!
Karen King writes all sorts of books, check out her website at http://www.karenking.net/