The Emergence of a New Audience
I’m discovering a new audience for my books: middle and high schoolers. More and more I receive messages from teens and tweens saying they read one of my books and loved it, can’t wait to read more. I find this interesting. And it seems this fact finds me interesting. In the past week I’ve received two invitations to talk to middle schoolers in my area.
And this Saturday I’ll be taking part in the Book ‘Em for Literacy Book Fair at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro, VA. If you live in the area, why not stop by? The fair is 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. I’ll be among 70+ other authors signing and selling books. A portion of all proceeds will go toward literacy programs in the area. A worthy cause.
The Book ‘Em Foundation’s purpose is to raise awareness of the link that exists between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates, increase literacy rates, and decrease crime rates.
So this is interesting but makes total sense. The police officer who organizes the book fair asked me if I thought my books were appropriate for middle schoolers. When I balked (simply because of the suspenseful and intense nature of my books) he reminded me that middle schoolers are already reading Stephen King. Hey, if they’re reading King they can definately handle Dellosso.
That got me thinking. Teens and tweens are really into the whole suspense/horror genre right now and I have that to offer that’s clean, minus the swearing, sex, and gratuitous gore and all about a positive, moral message. It’s perfect for that age range looking for my type of fiction. Why didn’t I realize this before?
New doors open all the time.