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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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pandemo
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
As a Reader
As a reader, I, too, tend to be an omnivore.

I decided I liked quotes at the front of chapters, a la some of Robert Heinlein's work I remembered from childhood readings. Coming up with GOOD ones (I suspect he invented a lot of his own...) is a bit harder than it sounds. I've always been a quotation collector, and wound up having to move them into a month and organize them by subject finally...

The collated list, (missing about a year's worth of entries)
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/2002/06/

The list of quotes already placed somewhere: http://pandemo.livejournal.com/2001/06/

My choice of the funniest quote that fits perfectly into the story (so far, anyway...): http://pandemo.livejournal.com/82214.html

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