And the most important question, are we writing for our intended audience?
This question came about because I'm in the process of slaughtering, I mean revising, my young adult work in progress. And while waiting at the dentist office with my son, my intended audience walks in and she's holding a book. I couldn't see what she was reading, and to avoid being thought of as some freaky stalker chic, I didn't ask. But it got me thinking. Do they really care about the theme in my story? Do they really care about my brilliantly written prose? Do they really care about my character's backstory? I'm afraid to say, I doubt it. Let's face it, we are competing with skype, cheerleading, soccer, Facebook, and all the other wonderful gadgets out there. Do you really think they have the time or the desire to try to figure things out within our brilliantly written prose?
I don't think so. Any thoughts?