Mars Dorian asked:
"I love reading your tweets and blog posts, they aid my indie publishing journey! I want to write a compelling, hip sci-fi thriller in a futuristic European Union, which I know very well (I'm from Germany), but I don't know if Americans, my main target audience, would even read about that 'exotic' place, since most English works play in the US. Old gossip says Americans generally don't read about stories in other places than their home. I'm curious, since you're originally from Russia. Do you place the majority of your books in the US now, or do you still have stories told in Russia, and if yes, do you think it deters readers?"
"Thank you, Mars Dorian. I'm so happy my rantings are helping you, and I'm honored that you would ask me these questions as though I know the answers. I don't. I have feelings about these things, but I've only been self-publishing for 3 years, and there is much for me to learn. However, guided by what I feel and believe in, let me dispel your doubts one by one and show you that you don't need to worry about anything of the above because 1) the only audience you need is you, and 2) gossip and preconceptions don't mean shit."
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WRITE FOR YOURSELF: YOU'RE THE ONLY AUDIENCE YOU NEED