To work out what it is you love the most
To be inspired and, frankly, to scan
What works, what doesn’t, thanks to your host
Author showing you what they have done?
Can you work out why? Are they able
To surprise with their prose, even stun?
Does their work have a “catchy” label?
Reading is very much part of writing (how else can you work out what you want to write?). Knowing what works and what fails can hopefully help you “copy” good techniques and ignore those that aren’t! Knowing where work fits on the shelves can help you target ultimately your audience and more immediately hopefully an agent and publisher.
Do you know just where your book fits
In the market in the UK?
This is to help your pitch so its
•Impact makes an agent say “aye”
To taking you and your work on.
Also by knowing this information you could and should check out what others authors in the field are writing so you know how you fit in, how you can justify a spot for your work (and if you really love your genre, you’d want to read these for pleasure anyway). An agent will want to know you know your stuff!