For a long time, I've touted that my stories are geared towards middle-grade readers and above. However, because of tougher regulations for online privacy, I've decided to no longer market my stories to younger audiences.
It's a little unfortunate, because I do want young readers to be able to read my stories. When I'm writing, I often think back to my younger self and wonder what she would have wanted to see in a book, what would have made her more at ease with herself and the world. I think if I had read more stories where I saw myself represented, I would have been more confident and rooted in my heritage. I want my stories to serve that younger version of me and those out there now who might have the same self-doubts that I had before.
But I also know that the cyber landscape is different now from what it was then. For sure, children's online privacy is much more important than what my site can offer. Besides, as my website grows, surely I will find a way to distribute my stories to younger readers without them having to come to my website. (Perhaps I can upload a pdf version of the stories that a guardian can download for them.) For now, my website will be oriented towards more mature readers.
This does give me a little bit of freedom. I can continue to review books on my blog that are marketed as adult fantasy or self-help, or other categories which are generally not for teens or younger readers. And although I'm confident that the content of my stories will remain largely PG, I can experiment with writing styles that may be better appreciated by older audiences.
Please bear with me as I figure out this whole web-presence thing. I am not that savvy with social media yet, and it's even tougher hosting my own site. Maybe it's pride that makes me go down this route instead of just being patient and pursuing traditional publishing. But I like the freedom of doing things this way, and this is currently the easiest method I know to share my creations with those of you who might enjoy them.