On the 39th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re putting readers first. Well, we always do, but we’ll tell you how to do it in such a way that they feel special and your writing positively shines!
Question: What in the French toast does being reader-centric mean in writing?
Answer: Just what it sounds like: serving the reader, putting them first. Being anticipatory.
Here are three tips that you can apply to your writing, right now, today, to become instantly reader-centric! (Of course, there are more on the podcast, so don’t miss out!)
- Writing to give them resources – Where can you refer your reader to find the information they need that will be the most beneficial to them?
- Writing to prevent their pain – Whether you are distracting them from any kind of pain or sharing with them lessons you learned that they can use, readers love this form of writing.
- Writing to set them free in their imaginations – Storytelling is such a gift that humans can give freely. There’s nothing like getting lost in another world, traversing landscapes that are new to your senses, getting inside the head of a wily character, gasping in surprise at a masterful suspense novel. Nothing at all like it. Don’t hold back in this area, and you will have readers flocking to you for more.
We are creating our books to help, lift, advise, resolve, ease, entertain, fascinate, enthrall, and so on. That needs to be the focus. Let’s do it in a way that the reader will not just love, but they will appreciate.
Got questions or ready to work on your book? Reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance here → GBYPodcast.com.
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Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author or pouring your heart into any media. Storytelling is life.
That’s it for this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!
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