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Sitting at dinner a month or so ago, a writer asked us "But don't you want a great first line?" Most of the group nodded and someone else changed the subject.
So how much rides on the first line?
I love to read. When I am writing, I tend to read things that are not in the same genre. I am always afraid of "picking" up someone's language or rhythms of writing. I read too fast for most authors. That means I use the samples of books on my kindle to help me decide to buy a new to me author.
Romance sometimes makes the top ten on the New York Times bestseller list. But it’s rarer than you would think. In the age of Amazon charts, New York Times changed the way they rank books and USA Today being steadfast, maybe it’s surprising anyone charts with any regularity.
I have never heard or read this author. No idea about her track record. Not sure if this book is typical of her output. This book is not one I would have clicked to buy. The only reason I read it is because I am trying to pay attention to books who have large success. Defining success is nebulous, but as a top ten NYT I figured it has to be good.
“We shouldn’t” is a business trope story. First person. Each chapter bounces from the point of view of the hero and heroine. Sex scenes are hot, but not scorching. You could leave this book on the back of the toilet and not be embarrassed when your mother-in-law stays in there for half an hour.
There are a gazillion planners out there. So many have flooded the market, it’s hard to find one for a specific purpose. Since I’ve been using a planner for decades, even I have trouble narrowing down my playing field to the planners I need and not all the planners I want.
I’ve been trying different author/writer niche planners. Maybe I am hard to satisfy, but it’s taken me a while to find one that rocks my world.