As the editor for Ergofiction magazine, one of my current responsibilities is to ‘commission’ and coordinate guest posts for our Saturday slots. The topics covered are rather diverse, but as long as they are directed at readers and relate to online fiction, we’re good!
Directed at readers? you ask.
Yes: Ergofiction is an ezine for readers and fans of (free) online fiction. Therefore it makes sense to write directly to these people. Yet a stumbling block I often run into is that writers submit ideas or posts that are not written for readers, but for other writers, such as advice on how to start writing an online serial, or detailed descriptions on craft. And a quick glance through my favourite author blogs turns up posts on writing tips and tricks, editing rants, discussions on the publishing process, and other similar topics.
As a writer, I find these topics interesting. And of course most writers are avid readers. But not all readers are avid writers. Shouldn’t we be writing to them? After all — as the Year Zero motto says — writing is for readers.
When we’re writing fiction, that seems obvious. Of course we’re writing for readers! Who else would read that dystopian erotic alien thriller? But when it comes to non-fiction, there is that little old stumbling block: what in the world do readers want to hear about, other than our stories?
It’s something I must give a lot of thought to as I hunt around for guest posts. What do you think?
Active in the online fiction community and interested in writing a guest post for Ergofiction? Please drop me a line with your ideas.