A novels journey from the To Be Read (TBR) pile to the Happily Ever After (HEA) ending starts where?
After studying Killer Openings with author Alexa Bourne, I purposed a question to myself: How did that To Be Read (TBR) book make it into my hands? Onto my bookshelf? In my mind filed under Happily Ever After (HEA)?
Several methods come to mind:
- Author Recognition (pre-order or automatic purchase)
- Genre Specific
- Recommended Read
- Author Support/Fellow Writer (Pay It Forward)
- Gift (includes books received at writing conventions)
Generally, I receive most of my books in the above ways. But what about the others? I do purchase books strictly based on the cover and title, but why?
I believe the reader’s journey begins with the title.
Those first words lure the reader, if she dare reach out, to pick up the book, read the blurb, the first line, first paragraph, first page, etc. I love that little shiver that runs through me, a glint of excitement that, soon, I’ll delve into another’s world and mind. Connect to the characters. Root for them to overcome the obstacles leading to their goal.
So isn’t it true that a reader’s journey does truly being with the title?
“Title should work one of two ways: It should entice the reader by giving a clear idea what the book is about, i.e., Clear and Present Danger signals the book is a thriller. Or be a juxtaposition of two words that don’t belong together and therefore intrigue: Lovely Bones.”
Color, especially the color red, may also play an important aspect in drawing a buyer’s attention to the book as suggested in Cover Designs Of The 10 Best-Selling Books Of All Time
So how do you choose the book you’ll read next? How does a book call to you? How does the book make it from your TBR pile to a HEA read? Please share.