I’m writing a short story starring one of my Femme characters but I’m facing a dilemma; how much do I want to give away? The novel is a discovery of the world through my main character’s Kaley’s viewpoint so will it matter if I show other parts of the world that are not featured in the novel? I don’t think it matters but the first impression of Femme will be lost from Kaley’s eyes.
So why am I writing this in the first place? Because I don’t have any prequels, any introduction to the bigger story that Femme is a part of. I want to give readers a sneak preview or a taste of what Femme is all about, as well as the greater Wanderer of Worlds story that Femme is a portion of. Plus I’ll be pricing the novel at $2.99 so how about I introduce myself and my world with a complete picture? I feel that I will be pinpointing my target readers a little better this way… If the short story doesn’t appeal, then the book certainly won’t. I don’t want unhappy readers, I want my target reader and someone who will be pleased with the kind of stories that I want to write (and will write).
So another reason why I’m writing a short story relevant to Femme is to actively turn away readers while inviting others. I don’t have a story for general consumption.
My perfect reader is a woman who enjoys light scifi with a touch of romance in the new adult (18-25) bracket. Very specific, isn’t it? That doesn’t mean men won’t enjoy it. That doesn’t mean older or younger readers won’t be fans. Wanderer of Worlds is a broader, darker tale, but those readers who liked Femme should scuttle over without issue. So my story has to be written for that specific target reader as well.
No pressure (except I can feel it now).