A Book’s Soulmate

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

What is it you ask? Let me tell you.

Some people believe in life Soulmates. Others don’t. Neither is right, nor wrong. It’s just an opinion. A belief.

What about Reader Soulmates? What if there is that one reader out there, that makes or breaks your novel. In order for you to be an out of this world success, that one reader has to get their hands on your book. They’re the one person that tells the right people, and then those right people tell more of the right people, and it snowballs – in a good way – from there.

Without this one reader, our book will be okay. People will read it, some will love it, but it never really catches fire like we dream about.

If this were true. How would we know who that reader is? Is it just fate, luck, both? Can we find them or do they need to find us?

I’m not saying I believe this, but such are the ideas that pop into my head from time to time.

And now they’re in yours!

Happy Wednesday. 🙂

Tell me: Do you believe your book has a Reader Soulmate?


  1. I guess the question for me is do you TREAT everyone like they are and listen to their critiques to help you grow or do you cast them aside cause they aren't falling head-over-heals? One person who reads it is worth more than 10 billion who don't. I'd tell the one to pass it on to see if their friends liked it more! Great question.

  2. You, Betsy, are absolutely right! We can always learn, always grow. Even the harshest of critics have something to teach us. Sometimes it's just a matter of pushing past our pride and digging deep to find what that lesson is.

  3. Stephen King talks about a similar concept in ON WRITING (he calls it the 'ideal reader'). I believe that if we have an ideal reader in mind when we write a book, he or she is likely to become the soulmate for the book. Obviously we can't please everyone, but I think a lot of writers are aiming to please one. If we succeed, those people with similar tastes in literature should feel the same way – at least that is the hope. Great post!

  4. That's really great Paul. You hit the nail on the head with that. I think if we aim for that target audience, and accept that we indeed, can't please everyone, we're on the right track.

    If you specialize in Fantasy, and you write with that focus in mind, non-Fantasy readers won't buy it, or may not enjoy it if they do, BUT, if you hit that specialized section of readers, word of mouth will start the ball rolling!

    I think that's the best outlook we can bring to the table when crafting our novels, and it gives us the best possibly chance for success.

    Thanks for the comment!

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