Do authors write for themselves or fans?
When I first started writing, I thought the answer was simple – we write for ourselves.
Surely a story would never see completion with other people in our heads. Right?
- My first drafts see completion when I tell the tale I’ve created. Edits and marketing come later.
Then, I sent my first query. Made changes based on suggestions from qualified individuals. Do I write for agents and publishers then?
- Some of us still want to sign contracts. This is true for writers earning a living as independent authors and the traditional way.
My first short story published. Got some, ‘great job,’ and thumbs up. Ha! I wrote for the audience.
- They are reasons why we might writer directly for fans. Your series is underway. On a contract.
We write for all three groups. The first draft belongs to us – before it’s submitted. Editors make suggestions to improve the work, publishing line, and market demand. Once published, the story belongs to them – our supporters.
Do other content creators feel the same, marketers, bloggers, the YouTubers…