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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...


Aug. 3rd, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)

You get two pages of material before the book starts if you want to be semi-guaranteed that I'll read it. Or perhaps a few sets of small pages-- a page-and-a-half foreword by someone else, a half-page dedication, a page of framing quotes or other background material.

Other than that, it had better be *darned* good for me to wade through it. :)

At the end, it really depends. Once I've gotten through a book, I'm more likely to know whether I'd be interested in reading an afterword, a historical note, reader's guide questions, an author interview, or other related things like those. At that point, if I'm in the mood, I can stick around and graze on neat facts, witticisims, etc. Like the stuff at the end of a Piers Anthony book. I don't mind reading that after I've finished the work, and am relaxed and satisfied with it. (At least, I and the author hope I'm satisfied with it!)

But I don't want to have to read a bunch of that stuff to get the context of the book. Especially not before starting. I usually want to jump right in to things once I've figured out what I want to read. I want the book to stand on its own.

That's one of the reasons I haven't bought a new copy of The Princess Bride yet. I thumbed through a XXth Anniversary Edition, and it had two fake forewards that just lost me completely. My students would probably give up and just put the book back instead of skipping ahead to "the good stuff."
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
I Know Where You're Coming From...
One of the things I teach is reading...

Ditto my comment to rutemple



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