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Do You or Don't You?



As I struggle to finish WRITING my first book, I need some feedback: Do YOU read forewords, prefaces, front quotes, etc. when you read a novel for fun (as opposed to when you are ASSIGNED to read them, and so forced to pay attention to them...)?

Edit: Anyone wanting to SAMPLE before/after they comment, the story is "hiding" back at http://pandemo.livejournal.com/2001/01/

I began putting more polished bits in what I hoped was in order, one part per date. That way, by changing the date, I could rearrange the pieces as needed. As I edited, I added a date for when I last revised. Later on, some entries will have a WC (word count) feature, and some an RL (reading level).

(Yeah, I do NaNoWriMo.)

The current table of contents is a MESS at present. Avoid it.

Maybe I shouldn't post this... It sounds too much like a commercial...

-- Maybe I should. You all are GREAT commenters! If I ever want to publish, I *need* good quality feedback...

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fiveforsilver
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Generally, yes, I do, but it can depend on the type of preface/forward/etc., who writes it, and whether the first few words or sentences or pages (if it's that long) keep my attention. It has to be at least as interesting and well-written as whatever I opened the book planning to read, if not more so, for me to keep reading. There have been some really boring ones that I tried to read, then skipped past.
pandemo
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Ah!
And I can sure think of a few I WISH I'd skipped! :-)

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