Although eBooks are ‘the’ thing to read these days I still love to rummage through bookstores. There’s something about the feel and smell of a brand-new book which excites me. In the UK there are some stores which sell off certain books at a ridiculously low price and I often venture for bargains when in town. Being an author myself, I was intrigued because some of the authors on these books I recognised as being well established writers.
While I was hunting down a book for that weekend a young assistant said to me. “Those books are going really cheap because they haven’t been selling. For some reason no one wants to read them.” I was surprised by her comment and immediately got into conversation with her. As we chatted one thing struck me. What makes a reader choose one book instead of another? What attracts them to that particular book?
It is the reader who decides what to read, but sometimes as readers, we are not given the full opportunity to make a decision about reading a book. Why? Because we may not be unaware that the book we long to read even exists.
So if that’s the case, how can we make each book written by each author reachable? It’s an impossible task to get it completely right, despite the huge lists on giants such as Amazon, or iTunes, nothing is perfect. At present the procedure involved in choosing a book is, (I think) a bit hit and miss. What attracts you after you believe you’ve tracked down which genre to read next?
If your favourite writes consistently well with a high standard, then chances are you’ll read everything that author produces. (Hurray for fans!) If that author is talented he or she can cross genre without any trouble. What next do you look for?
The Title. I start thinking about my title as soon as I’ve set my first words down. I keep a running list of what I come up with as possible titles, and then shorten it to one or two favourites. I believe a good title is also important to readers. As an author I want them to be captured enough to read my book.
The Blurb. A superbly written blurb can fascinate your reader and generate huge interest. Readers will ‘pick’ up the book and read about the plot to determine if the pages are worth their time. I believe a personal preference about genre comes into play here too. Good blurb can also make you choose a book depending on what your mood is at that time.
The Content. The beginning sets the stage, and a clever author describes the setting with just the exact amount of material to hook and contain their reader. As the book progresses, less and less descriptive parts are included – thus making the reader want to read even faster and reach the climax. It has to be exciting!
Reviews. So my reader is almost hooked. He/she might want to consolidate their interest by checking out any reviews the book has garnered. This is where excellent reviews really matter. The number is not so important as the quality of reviews.
I’m sure many of you will have other ideas about what makes you choose a book above all others. Why not share your findings with us here.
Thank you for dropping by and take care.
Faith’s books are on:
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Apple iTunes http://bit.ly/ZFqbtC