There exist many ways to reach out to readers. Sadly, none of them are easy (to start). But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try as many as you can until you find one that you’re comfortable with and you feel like you can stick with for a long time. Or, like, forever. Hey, if you commit, you commit. Even when you’re a ridiculously famous author like John Green, you still have to interact with your fan base on some level. And sometimes that might include channeling your inner nerd.
One way to do that is to join a fandom. An already established and thriving fan base which shares elements of what you write about. Here are a few fandoms that are classic representations of certain genres:
If you write epic fantasy, you might join the Lord of the Rings or the Game of Thrones fandom. Just quote the movies a lot and catch every episode. Poke fun of it because you’re a fan and you can.
If you write sci fi, you might join the Star Wars fandom. Better start packing for those comic conventions.
If you write paranormal romance, you might join the Twilight fandom. This one’s already taken by E. L. James. Sorry.
If you write middle grade fantasy, you might join the Harry Potter or the Percy Jackson fandom. Prepare to write fan fiction. Lots of it.
If you write urban fantasy, you might join The Vampire Diaries fandom. Just kick back and relax. This is the easy going crowd.
If you write dystopia, you might join The Hunger Games fandom. Brace yourself for hyped up teenagers who all want to “volunteer.” Remember those seagulls from Finding Nemo? Yeah, seagulls : bread as fan girls : Peeta.
And so on.
The key is that the fandom is based on books and therefore has readers. If you join a TV or movie only fandom, that’s not going to work because you might get watchers, not readers.
You also want to avoid temporary or seasonal fandoms. Something you can pretty much tell won’t last very long, or is soon to end.
For instance, above, I’m not sure how long The Vampire Diaries or The Hunger Games fandoms will last. It could be many years before they fade out, or just a year or two. Still, by the time it disappears, something else in the genre might pop up, so you might want to ride that puppy while it’s available.
Poll: If you could join any fandom (or have already), what would it be? You don’t have to be an author/writer to vote!
-The Story Addict