cj Sez: Rummaging through my LP archives for inspiration, I
found a reader questionnaire (from another writer’s blog) and thought what a
great idea. So, here is some Q&A for you to think about.
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Q. What makes you want to buy a book –the cover? ... Or is it the blurb
on the back of the book?
A. For me, it's both. The cover grabs my attention,
then the blurb has to invite me to open the book . . . make me want to know
more about the story.
When you get into a story, what keeps you reading? Is it the bad boy hero or the tough, strong-willed woman or
the cast of characters that help push the story forward?
A. First, I will not read for a long time to “get into a story.” It has to hook
my interest early, certainly no later than the first chapter. Then whether hero
or heroine, I want to find some action and a plot. I also like to find humor
and some quick repartee in even the darkest of moments. When my heroine is
about to go where she’s shouldn’t go or has never been before, I want the scene
to be scary, yet inviting me along for the adventure at the same time.
What makes you like one author more than another?
A. I’ll admit to being a wordsmith, but I also “write tight” … which means I’m not into
\ı graf-ә- rē-ә \ n : mental disorder marked by the writing of a long
succession of meaningless words.
“A novel of such great length
and of so little worth could only have been written by someone caught in the
grip of graphorrhea.”
I want to be enchanted by the author’s voice…how she/he uses
a few precise words and syntax to evoke some “show me” visualization and/or
If you’re into reading a series, when do you get tired of it…or do you?
A. As long as the author keeps the storyline and characters
fresh, I don’t have a problem with continuing to read a series ad infinitum.
It’s when the storyline get stale and takes the same direction over and over
that I’m no longer interested in reading the next book, and I’m on to the next
author. A stale storyline can also happen in stand-alone books when the author gets
stuck on the same formulaic style/theme.
Q. And how about reviews: Do you take a few minutes to write a review?
A. Without readers, authors have no audience, and without an
audience, authors are out of a job. Whether on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads,
etc., constructive feedback is what keeps us going. We want to know our strengths
as well as our weaknesses. We’re polite—we say please and thank you.
Lyrical Pens would love to know your answers to these questions. So leave a
Books make great gifts, anthologies may be an even better option...a variety of authors and stories in one book...the gift that keeps on giving.
cj Sez: That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on
keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
If you’d like me to
autograph or personalize one of my stories for you, be sure to tell them, and
I’ll run by the shop.
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