Romance and Teenage Readers

As February winds down which means that we are starting to come down to the end of romance month. but before it comes to end, I thought that it would be fun to talk about when should young girls start reading romance novels. I have talked on here before about keeping in mind about the age of our readers while we work on our stories. Most girls from what I have found usually start reading romance novels when they are about 12 or 13.

While some may think that this is young, I feel that it’s about that right age when you really look at what is on the market for teens in the young adult section of the bookstore. Most young adult romances might be geared towards those that are usually about 15 or 16 or maybe older but that does not mean that younger teens might not find these titles intriguing.

I can remember being in college and taking children’s literature with a delightful teacher who was also a librarian in Boulder for a middle school. One day she brought up how students were checking out this one book in particular from the library. Having her curiosity peeked she decided to take the book home and read it. She said that she was surprised to find out that this book was being checked out because of the sex that was in the book. Granted, she also did not know how the book in question got into the library but when she decided to remove the book from her library she got in trouble not only for censorship but for removing a popular book from the shelves.

When she explained why she removed the book from the library, the students brought up the point that the book while containing a certain topic got them to read. She wanted to argue with them about it, but she couldn’t deny that the students were reading. She said that her solution to the dilemma was simple she would have more romance novels in the library, and would only let the students check out the books if the parents approved the reading material. One parent, she said, came to the library and saw the romance section and told her that she was smart for listening to what the students wanted. But as my teacher told her, true I might have given them what they wanted but I got what I wanted in return and that was for the students to be reading.

Now some may say that this is not what is needed but on the other hand, it was getting books into students hands and they were reading them. It’s not different then when there was the Harry Potter craze or the Twilight years, or even in some cases the Hunger Games. The point is that if young, teenage girls want to read romances let them read romances since 55% of what is being marketed to them has some sort of romance between the covers and this may or may not include sex (just saying).

Writing and Age of Readers

Yesturday, I talked about genre and that we really should get to know what is involved in writing our genere; however, today, I want to talk about the age of our readers and thinks we need to keep in mind as readers.

If you are writing for adults or late teenagers this may not apply to you, but you might find the information helpful. This more for if you are writing for children, pre-teenagers, or even middle grade teenagers, then this more for you.

When it comes to writing for children, pre-teenagers and middle graders then there are certain items that must not be in you keep in mind, such as bad language, sexual context, and blood and gore. The three that I listed above cannot be in your story at all, for then you will be put on the banned list. If that is your goal, then by all means you can have it in there, but you will be asked time and again did you really mean to write this for children?

In my fantasy novel, The Raven Prophecy, this book is not for children, for I have all the above and some of the context that is addressed in the book is more for older teenagers/adults, not for the young minds. Granted, if the young have permission from their parents I can’t stop them from reading my book, there are just something things that might come up. In my novel, I have blood, some gore, bad language, and there are some sex scenes. There is also some weird stuff, but it all comes from writing fantasy.

So as you go about today working on your stories, please, keep in mind the age of your readers and what age group you are gearing towards with your story.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s discussion.

Can Writing be Magic?

Let me ask you, can writing be magic? In my view, yes, writing can be magical. Magic if is a verb means to make something move, to be changed or to be created. When we write we are making words move. As we write we hope to change the world. Then finally when we write we work on creating a story, a world, or a situation that we put our characters into. Therefore, writing can be magic.

When we write magic, we want our readers to experience the same type of magic. We want them to feel the magic that is in our story worlds. We want them to experience the feelings that our characters express and we want them to hear not only our voice but the voice that we have for our characters. The pure joy for us as writers, is when our readers understand what we were getting at with our writing. Granted, when they start to analysis our writing, they may have a different understanding than what we intended, but that can be considered as the magic that our readers give to us as writers.

We may disagree with their analysis, but on the other hand, they may give us insight that we did not have before when we were writing our stories. However, we should take it as a gift in return for it shows that we have readers, who took the time to read what we had written on the page. You might be asking yourself is that magic though?

I would have to say, yes that is magic, for they may change how we view our writing. It may move us to think in a different way as well. It might be a stretch to think about how it creates something, but it might for it might compel us to write some more or to create a new world based on the information that we gained from our readers.

We should in turn look at it as what not only what can we give our readers, but what can our readers give to us in return. The answer for me is magic. We give magic and in turn we would like to have some of the magic back. Just as we are children, who believe in faeries, or wizards and witches, we desire to have magic in our lives. We keep looking for it and holding on to those feelings that we see in motion pictures or when we read those types of stories. We want the magic. We desire the magic, and above all we want the world to be magical.

Therefore, writing is magic, and how we use that magic can be the greatest talent that we can ever possess.

I hope that you have liked this discussion on magic and writing. If you would like you can you comment down below on your takes on magic and writing. Thank you, again my friends.

Work in progress…finding the audience

Last time, I was on here I announced that I have setup a Facebook page for Faerie Rose Press, and now I’m pleased to annouced that I have just created my twitter handle. Yes, I’m officially on Twitter. If you would like to follow me on twitter the handle for the press is: FaerieRPress.

Also as I stated before, the reason why I’m setting up the various social media platforms is so that I can work on the marketing aspect of running a business.

As writers, your main business is to write stories, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, and at the same time try to gain readers. Gaining readers is part of the business of writing, since readers are our primary audience for our message.

Yes, there are all sorts of readers, who have their own interests in what they like to read, such as romance readers don’t necessarily like to read fantasy or maybe they do. No matter what genere you chose to write, the readers of those genres know their genre and have come to expect certain things when they read books in those genres. They also are interested in certain things.

As new writers, our business is to try to convince readers of certain genres to read our work, and judge it against other the works of authors that they have come to know. One way that we can do this is by putting yourself out there, and one way that you do that is by marketing, and marketing what you do and what your business does, and if they like what you have written they will follow you in everything that you do.

Yes, I’m taking a giant leap in setting up the business, Faerie Rose Press, but someday I want to be a full time writer and one way that I see myself doing that is by putting myself out there. But when you try anything new there is a risk, and sometimes the risk is worth taking. However, if you don’t want to take the risk then it is not worth starting something new and then you don’t have the potential to find those readers that want to read what you have to say.

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