When we begin our writing career, we have no idea who our readers are. Most of our readers we never see. How do you find out who your readers are? It would be nice if we asked their age when they buy a book. That’s one way we’d know. Who do you write for?
The author who is starting out writes what she/he knows. They don’t generally look at genres. At least that’s what I did when I started out. If you know what genre you read the most, that’s probably the genre you should start writing in. You can change if down the road you don’t like that genre anymore.
Readers want a well-written book. One that does not repeat a lot of words. Personally I do not like “maybe” and “probably”. I would rather see, “I’ll go to town later.” Instead I see a lot of, “I may go to town later.” “I’ll probably go to town later.” Do you see the difference? It’s positive. I will go to town later instead of a undecided statement. I also think a sentence is weak when it starts with “so.” “So what are you going to do?” Instead it should read, “What are you going to do?”
These things above can define whether you have readers or not. Readers notice these things. If you read books by authors who have sold a million or two copies of their books, you won’t find these words. They are what we call weasel words. They fill a page or add word count. I’d rather read a good book without those words than one that is filled with them and one that has 400 pages.
Who are your readers? We write for readers. Look at your Facebook friends. Those are your readers. Look at their pictures. What is the age of your friends, or what age group do you put them in? Those are the people you write for.