Can you tell the difference between a great book versus a crappy book? Most people, if not all, would say yes. And yes it should be yes. I am not talking from a writer’s perspective. We all know what we like when it comes to art, music, books and movies.
But what if someone told you that this is what you should like in these forms of art? If I told you that the book you read had a poor plot line, poor character development, head hopping from character to character, poorly researched and rushed at the end would you not like the book anymore?
If I told you it should have gone through a beta group, a critique group and if nothing else to an editor one more time would you not like the book anymore? If I told you it had many loop holes, your protagonist wasn’t believable, how the transition between the beginning to the twist was flawed would you not like the book anymore?
I bring this up for one main reason. I was on Amazon leaving a review for two books. I tend to read the reviews that are placed there for the same book. When I see many positive reviews it causes me to wonder. Didn’t they see the error filled chapters? Didn’t they see that in one chapter it was her boyfriend and the next chapter it was her husband and the next her boyfriend again? Did they not see how the ending was just tidied up with little rhyme or reason? Either you are a friend of this author or you like what you like and nothing above matters to you.
We like what we like for reasons that works for us. I read a book hat had an amazing plot, twist and well-developed characters. The grammar and edits were atrocious. If I can let go the writer in me it would work. Other times I just want to pull my hair out.
But a the end of the day what works for you is what matters.
Earlier this year I posted about how I didn’t have the title for a certain WIP of mine. How I wondered how writers come up with their titles and so on. Well now the time is really upon me. My editor just handed me the last edits for my manuscript which is the third installation for my Jasper series. At this point there is still no title for it and to be honest I have not given it much thought. While people get stressed over this I am more wanting to get the story out from my brain and onto the paper. But now it is time to come up with the name for it. I guess it is now my turn to stress.
I been thinking of having a contest with this in mind. Though how someone can title a manuscript that they haven’t read could be interesting. I could give a short synopsis of the book and people can draw from that. I hadn’t expected this series to well turn into a series. And at the moment I have ideas for a fourth and fifth. May this help me to find titles for them or if nothing else not take so long to title it.
I have to date never done a contest when it has come to my writing. There are so many options out there. You can do one on your social platform which I have seen on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads just to name a few. Whoever comes up with the title I choose could either win a free book from the list of books I have written or I can write them in an upcoming book. What do you all think? Could this work? Or do I need to buckle down and figure this out on my own?
For starters I prefer a good book in my hands. I love feeling the pages, turning the actual pagers and inhaling it. When I am on vacation I will bring a couple of books and my tablet that has books on it. I do it for convenience. But that was back in the day when an ebook ranged from .99 to 4.99 max. Someone just now recommended I read the new book by Stephenie Meyer entitled “The Chemist” to which I happily went to Amazon to see how much it was. I’m a fan of hers.
To be honest my mouth dropped and stayed dropped for a few reasons. It is not out yet but I can preorder the print for a bit under 10 bucks. Cool. If I am the one who prefer to have it as an ebook I have to drop 14.99 and get this if I want the audio version I would have to drop a whopping 22 bucks to hear it.
I don’t care who you are, what you have written or how famous the author is, when your audio is 22 bucks there is something seriously wrong. I love Mrs. Meyers but just can’t no I won’t do it. And the thing is she is not alone. My favorite, Stephen King and by the way I am his number one fan, has ebooks that range in the teens. Needless to say I buy the print. Is this the price for convenience by making the price for an ebook more than the actual print?
A lot of people have told me that books will be a thing of the past soon with things going the digital route. I disagree there are still hard-core people who prefer a real book and with these prices I will be one for a long time. Especially when what they want for an ebook is the equivalence of a tank of gas.