Getting back into reading

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Recently, I ran across old photos of my childhood and many have me curled up with a book. I went through a long spell of not reading, years actually. It’s not that I didn’t try to read! I’ve mentioned this in a post before, that I would read a few pages, the book not catch me, and then I close the book and move on. No need to waste time.

So, I’ve narrowed it down to reading only best seller list books. And the results? I’m actually avidly reading again and finishing books. I’m jumping on the bandwagon with everyone else, but with reason! These books are successful, and have widespread success at that. Meaning to me, they are captivating enough for me to not set the book down after a few pages. Thou shalt not bore, right?

I’m excited to read again.

An insight to what I read, the Divergent series, Gone Girl, and picking up The Maze Runner.

How are you with reading? Do you read often? And what do you read?

Beginnings

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In my previous post, I mentioned I’m not the greatest reader because my attention span is limited and I’m a busy person. I set down many books because they trip me up and slow me down, or just plain confuse me.

First and foremost, I don’t want to be bored by a book. I could attribute this to living in an age of instant gratification and movies that are POW! right in your face, non-stop action. Books should be the same, right? I just want to be entertained. That’s why I read.

Other things also cause me to set down a book. In the first chapter, I look for these things that will trip me up. I have personal problems about prologues, so all of those books are out. Too many characters and too many people talking can really throw me. I also like having the scene/setting set up so I know where we are, what world is this? Who is the main character? I want to know the basic setting, but for it to be exciting enough to keep me reading on.

These are a few things that trip me up at the beginning of a novel. If I’m not getting it right away, I’m not going to keep trying to get it throughout the rest of the book.

Do you have things that trip you up when you rest a novel? Or am I just being too particular and missing out on some great books?

Conducting Marketing Research on Amazon

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This week I’m going to talk about how I am doing research on what makes a successful novel, in my opinion, by looking at what works and what doesn’t. Also, taking an overall view of my approach to novel writing and getting published in today’s market. It’s my way of procrastinating on my WIP, but gaining as a writer as a whole.

I conduct marketing research on Amazon. I have a smartphone with a Kindle app so it is convenient and easy for me to grab books off Amazon and read them on my phone.

Before I go further on this subject, a truth must be told: I’m a terrible reader. I’m very picky and if a “rule” is broken, I’m done. I rarely get through an entire book. I’ll set them down halfway through if I lose interest. I barely get through page one of most books.

Four purposes of marketing research, my new rule is to give a book one chapter. If I’m not captured by then, I set the book down and move on. Also, I analyze why I stopped reading the book and not make those mistakes myself.

Why I can’t finish a book and am super picky? Because I’m a busy momma and writer with minimal free time in my day, and a book I read better be worth it! So I’m ruthless. The reasons I throw aside a book might not be valid for other readers. To each their own, I say!

My research is done by grabbing the FREE books off of Amazon and giving them their one chapter. I also look at their book dedications, promotional tactics, subject matter, and writing style. One could do this at your library too. It’s an inexpensive way to gather info on the current market. I don’t know what will come of my research, but I’m taking note.

What makes you set a book aside? Have you conducted marketing research and what approach did you take?