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Pub Conversation 1
Getting Hooked....or not
With: Armand Rosamilia, Billie Sue Mosiman, and Bryan Hall
(I have joined with my two friends to do a weekly blog called The Pub. This is the first installment. Go to the main Pub page and bookmark it to read conversations we have with editors, authors, publishers, reviewers, and various other people involved with the book industry.)Yo
know the old cliche'... three horror writers walk into a bar. The
first orders a bloody mary, the second orders a bloody mikey...
Ahem. What happens when three (or more) horror writers sit down in a
corner, order a few (or more) drinks, and have a casual chat about
publishing and reading, but not from the angle of simply being horror
writers, but readers first?
Each week the three of us (Bryan, Billie and Armand) will invite a
friend or two to join in the conversation, buy the first round (or
more) and add their thoughts to a continuing conversation about what
makes us tick. Each week we'll tackle a new question, giving our own
thoughts and answering your questions... oh, and perhaps giving some of
our eBooks away... all because it's fun... and we're drinking.
What hooks you in a story and keeps you turning pages?
Billie: I probably give it two paragraphs. Sometimes a whole page, if there's some small glimmer that I'm going to like it.
Armand: I will generally try to finish the first chapter of a story and see if it hooks me. Again, give me something mysterious about the character, give me some questions in my head I need to find out so it keeps me reading. Spelling and formatting errors, however, take me out of the book right from the opening, so if I find them it pulls me away from the story and I will give up quicker.
Bryan: I give it a couple of pages. Even if there's not a big "Holy Crap" moment or a mystery, I'll give it time. Unless the writing style is just a struggle to get through. But after the first few pages if I don't find something interesting, I'll usually skip ahead a chapter or two and read a page to see if something interesting is going on there.
Billie: Armand is a much more generous reader than I am, I see. I've always been a tough customer. When there used to be bookstores everywhere, I'd pull out a book from a shelf and look at the blurbs, look at the back description, and give it a first paragraph or so check and that's all the chance a book got. Today, browsing on online book sites, I do the same. I sample. Small sample.
Bryan: Good point, Billie. Nowadays, if that Amazon Sample or a few minutes in the bookstore don't catch me, I'll just keep on going.