How do you find and mark books for older adult readers?

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#1

Hi. I’m 30something and recently joined Wattpad to get feedback for a novelette edited down from a manuscript I produced during Nanowrimo. I chose Wattpad because it seemed more interesting than sharing it on Google Docs.

But this website skews young. Most of the recommendations I see are YA, and while I’m sure I might have enjoyed them twenty years ago, a lot of their preoccupations kind of make my eyes glaze over now.

How do I find books for older readers and mark my own book as the same? What hashtags can I use? “Mature” and “adult” seem to connote erotica, not “the sort of story that would interest a 40 year-old but might bore a teenager silly.”


#2

I’m actually wondering the same thing as far as promoting my own work. But I do like threads like these where I can see where some older writers are hiding.


#3

Hi there @Skyblacker2. I’m not over 30 years, but I do know where you can find these writers. The older writers (30+) tend to gather more around these parts:

The Pub section of the forum #the-pub

As well as in threads such as:

Hope this helped.


#4

@MeldrickCarter ^^^^

See above post.


#5

We’re around.
Over 35

I haven’t bothered to aim my stories specifically at older readers. I’m really not sure how to do that.


#6

Yes, it may be helpful. I’ll repost my query at the Pub.


#7

you can also change the category of this thread if you want.
So you don’t have to open a new one


#8

Eh, I just made the new post. Will remember that for next time, though.


#9

ok. So a Mod can close this thread now for you?


#10

You know, I will try that edit.


#11

Ok :+1:


#12

There’s the #adultreads and #maturereads - some might be using it for more X-rated work, but as far as I know, those are designated for books for adults.

I write for an NA audience (18-30-ish) and just circling in “older circles” has really helped. (and tagging my books #NewAdult) So definitely check out the “oldies’s” threads (like the one posted above) and come hang out in #the-pub :smile:


#13

Thank you! I’ll try those hashtags. Also: Does it matter whether I precede them with # or not?


#14

If you’re writing in the designated tag area in your story settings, nope. If you don’t write a # manually it’ll pop up by itself :smile:


#15

Yes, I’ve just been putting words in the tags of story settings. But even in book search, it doesn’t seem to make a vast difference.

Also, just asking about hashtags here makes me feel like a grandmother trying to figure out an iPhone. How does this derned thing work?


#16

I still don’t know a whole lot about hashtags to be honest :joy:

There’s something buggy going on with the search engine. You get two very different results by either including the # and including it. It makes no sense. I can’t explain it to ya, to be honest, because I don’t get it either.


#17

Can someone come to the nursing home and explain it to us? You’ll find me in the Alzheimer’s memory village where the reddit links are always blue.


#18

I’ll be over at DeviantArt before they changed the icon and had points. And llamas. And badges. And a premium feature you had to pay for.


#19

True story: I don’t directly quote characters’ thoughts because italicizing that used to require extra html codes. I still think in plain text.


#20

I still find a touch screen phones tedious and I’m just waiting for the day keypads make a come-back.