So I'm at about a 15,000 word count in my novel, and as I've been writing it, I've started thinking about who I'm really writing this for. Obviously, I like my own story ( I should mention I'm a young adult ), but I'm definitely keeping this aspect in mind. Some background information on the novel: It's a fantasy adventure told in first-person past tense. The main character is the one telling the story which revolves around him going on a quest with his animal friends. As a human, he finds it difficult finding his place among these animals. Now I can see this coming across as a children's story, but the book has some darker elements that I wouldn't say are exactly " child friendly. " These includes things like famine, depression, and several mentions of death ( whether not this makes me look like a sadist is still being decided. ) The language is also a bit more advanced than I think most children under the age of 10 would understand. Given the protagonist's dilemma and the more mature theme, I'm leaning towards the notion that this is more for preteens and teenagers. I'm not entirely sure of this, so I wanted some clarity from an outside source. Don't worry, I know full well that it could ( and most likely will ) attract people older or younger than the target audience, but I just want to keep a certain audience in mind. Of course this is purely from an age perspective, so I don't know what other elements might make a person want to read my book. Sorry, I know this post is a bit long. If you took the time to read it, then thank you!