Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tried and True Ways to Attract Readers

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

We writers can become so involved with our stories that we forget we’re writing for readers—not agents, editors, marketing and promotion types, or sales staff.

Entertainment is our aim,
And writing is our game.

There are 7.2 billion people in this world. We will never meet each person, but we have the opportunity to contact them and make a friend from anywhere. How amazing to reach others with a well written story—to give and not to take. That’s a challenge, and one I welcome.

Where does a writer find sound ways to bring people under the umbrella of a reader . . . and a friend?

  • A writer has to know why she is writing. Is it to satisfy a longing to create through words? To teach? Is it to relay deep moral truths through a powerful truth and realistic characters? Is it to entertain through vibrant and colorful characters? Is it to attempt what you’ve never done before? Or is it a combination of many things? A writer can’t touch a reader unless she has an understanding of why she’s driven to communicate through the written word.
What is the writer's genre or focus?
  • What is the writer’s genre or focus? Knowing what to express opens the door to creating a powerful novel and finding readers who enjoy that type of story.
  • A quality writer uses easy to read language that doesn’t distract the reader by sending them to the dictionary.
  • An informed writer understands the value of sensory expression to place the reader into the reading experience.
A serious writer dives into social media & all it has to offer.
  • A serious writer dives into social media and all it has to offer. Readers fall into various demographics according to age, culture, goals, wants, needs, gender, and personal preferences. Find the venue that best suits your style and type of writing. Use images that reflect you and your unique voice.
  • Where do readers dine, shop, vacation, and live? How can you appeal to them through their day to day activities? Step out from behind your computer and touch lives through your vibrant personality.
  • A mentally healthy writer believes transparency is vital. Be who you are, real and caring.
  • A writer considers speaking for promotion, but only if it’s something she is equipped and called to do. A speaker who believes in her message engages others to believe in her.
  • A writer reads not only in her genre or preference but also about the community and world around her.
  • Word of mouth is still the best way to reach others. Every friend who shares a writer’s mission will tell others.

Do you want to make a positive impact on mankind? Your gift of writing can touch a few or thousands. Make the effort to reach others with your special message.

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at


  1. Thank you DiAnn for your insight. I read other genres now. I enjoy speculative fiction. I love to see how other writers weave God into the story without being blatant or in your face. God is so good to use all our different personalities to reach others through writing.

  2. Cherrilynn, A writer reaches out to be informed and yet know her own passion. Thanks for posting!

  3. Thank you for this article. I know I have read a few genres, and even though most of them aren't my choice of reading material, I found that I could enjoy genres outside of mine. The other points mentioned are all ones I try to follow.

    1. Carole, Thanks so much for responding. We all have to find what genre we enjoy.