Who’s Your Market?
This is an important one. Who will read your book? You should think about this or have an idea of who your audience is while you write the book. Agents and editors only handle certain markets. They will tell you what these are on their web sites. Generally speaking the markets fall into the categories of fiction and non-fiction. Under fiction come literary fiction, mystery, thriller, crime, romance, science fiction, fantasy and humor. Of course, a novel could have combinations of these and then it is considered cross-genre, making it harder to market because it won’t fit neatly into book seller categories. You’ll be ahead of the game as soon as you decide who will buy your book.
I'm a serious writer, meaning I have a regular daily writing habit, and I'm interested in sharing my work through publication. My favorite literary form is the novel. I write to entertain myself and my readers.