There are two types of people in this world. There are those who, when they realize they’re not enjoying a book, fling it against the wall or “lose” it on the subway or let it languish on a nightstand gathering dust. They don’t look back and consider life to short to waste on substandard reading […]
Can I Get A Ruling?
Can I Get a Ruling: How Do You Feel About Blogging Agents?
Yesterday I wrote a defense of agents who take the time to blog. But what do you think? Would you want an agent who blogs? Does an agent blogging make you more or less inclined to work with them? If you had a choice between agents, would it matter in your decision? There is a […]
Can I Get a Ruling: How Do You Feel About Chapter Titles?
Oh, to title a chapter or just go ahead and call it Chapter 72. One of the perennial questions facing any writer. Do you notice chapter titles when you’re reading? Do you like them? Dislike them? Not even realize they’re there? Where do you stand? If you’re reading in an RSS reader or via e-mail, […]
Can I Get a Ruling: Does Social Media Help Sell Books?
I’ve noticed what appears to be a percolating trend out there on the Internet: fatigue with social media. From people letting their blogs slide to celebrities quitting Twitter to an entire university taking a week off, it seems like quite a few people out there are needing a break from the web. Though, I suppose […]
Can I Get a Ruling: How Do We Feel About Acknowledgments Sections?
This topic came up in the Forum recently, and I’m curious how The Readers At Large are thinking on the subject. What do we think about thanking the Academy? Do you like acknowledgment sections? Feel they’re self-indulgent? Touching? Do you notice? Not notice? If you’re reading in a feed reader or via e-mail, click through […]
Can I Get a Ruling: How Do We Feel About Prologues?
Prologues are one of the most asked-about subjects in the publishingosphere. Do agents like them? Should I include mine in a partial? How many people dying at the hands of zombie mutants in the first page of my prologue is too many? And so on. My post on all things prologue is here. But what […]