I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday Musings – Who Do You Write For? (And the real reason you are part of the YA blog community.)
I write YA. Most people who visit my blog also write YA. I don’t have a problem with this, for the record, though I’m happy to have other people visit: writers of other genres, non-writers, readers. But it’s mostly people who write YA because that is what we have in common and it’s natural for common interests to draw people together.
So thanks for visiting my blog, whoever you are.
But if you are a YA writer like me, who do you write for? Do you write for yourself? For teens, the ultimate end reader? Or, for other YA writers? (ie, the primary visitors to most blogs belonging to writers of YA).
Here’s the debate: If you write for yourself, then why bother integrating with the YA community? Because, let’s be honest, most of us started out because some industry pro stated that if we were serious about our writing we should get on the social network bandwagon and now! If it’s just for yourself, then write, quietly enjoy and move on.
If you write for teens, well, you do realize that they don’t frequent author blogs (especially pre-published author blogs), author twitter/facebook sites, etc? They don’t know about you just because you are an active member of the YA blogosphere.
Or, is it really important that you impress other writers of YA and have them love your book? Some people feel that this trend is changing the type of YA books that are being published (for the adult reader/writer, rather than the teen reader). I don’t really lean that way as I know that teen readers far outnumber YA writers and so even if we all get behind a certain book, it’s not going to determine how well it does over all.
So, what’s your answer? Who do you write for?
My answer? All of the above.
I write for myself because if I didn’t love writing, I wouldn’t have had the stamina to go the distance, no matter what the genre.
I write for the teen reader, because ultimately I want to sell books. I know I should say I want to impact at least one young person, changing their lives for the better and if I do only that, it will be worth all the pain—and I do, don’t get me wrong! I do want to make young people think and be happy, etc, but I also want a career. And I’m betting I’m not the only one there, if we’re all being honest.
And I write for the YA writer/reader. Quite frankly, I need the encouragement. This is a difficult road most of the time, and it’s nice to know I’m not alone. I’m happy to shout out a debut author trying to sell their first book, because I know how HARD it is to get to that place and because one day it might be me and I will be so grateful for the extra voices cheering me on. Who else really understands the agony of agent/editor rejection? The ecstasy of pounding out a thousand words? The satisfaction of a finished novel or ultimately the sale of a best seller?
Plus, I’ve learned a lot from many of you. I’m a better writer (and to get gushy here- probably a better person) for knowing you.
And I’m making friends. *waves* It feels great to be part of the online community of YA writers—with those that make lots of “noise” and with those who lurk quietly in the background. (I know you’re there, thanks to site meter :D)
So, I ask again. Who do you write for?