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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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psiqueue
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
I usually try to read them; sometimes, they have some interesting things to say.

However, about two months back, this one author I know dedicated his book to a few people, and let me tell you, there was a great deal of debate over this dedication...
And now, some of the other other authors who write in this same line are more aware of what they put in the dedication page. (It was even a joke going around at a recent convention).
pandemo
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds Interesting
Of course, I can't remember whose book it was, something I read for a class, but the dedication was an "in" joke only people who read heavily in that genre would get. It turned out to embarrass me, as when I pointed it out, the TEACHER did not get it.
psiqueue
Aug. 4th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds Interesting
I had a teacher like this..a few actually. They knew the bare minimum about a book or story, and could only answer a few questions about it.

My 12th grade english teacher confessed to me that the only reason she didn't teach/ assign a Sherlock Holmes story in class was because she knew that I was a die hard fan and would both embarrass her and show her up. (I took this with a bit of pride and told her that I would have NEVER done that...)
pandemo
Aug. 4th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds Interesting
Mine happened in a READING CLASS, at college level. The gal SHOULD have known enough to recognize the names of famous writers in their genre, even if she had not read them herself!

It would be like the teacher in your example saying that she'd never heard of Sherlock Holmes...

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