August 23, 2012
What makes a book sell? What is that “thing” that has readers swarming to the stores to buy it? What attracts them to begin with? Is it the cover? The summary of the plot? Great reviews? The price? The author?
As an author myself, this is something I want to know–need to know if I hope to be successful in my writing career. Which author doesn’t right? Of course we can to find out what would make a reader pick up and–at the end of the day–purchase our book. Or not. We want to know the things we’re doing right and the things we’re missing the mark on.
Well today, I’d like you, the readers, to give your opinion on this book. I’d like to know–as does the author–what works for you and what doesn’t. We’d like an honest gut reaction to everything we present to you here to make sure the author is headed in the right direction or if there are things that can be tweaked to make this book the bestseller it has the potential to be.
If you choose to supplement your poll responses with personal, honest constructive comments, you will be entered to win a book from my ever growing stash of books. Thank you in advance for your time and your honestly. I know it’s valuable and I do appreciate it.
When you’re a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
SAMPLER – First couple paragraphs of A SOUL FOR TROUBLE
“Trouble, you have a special customer,” Hal said as soon as he entered the kitchen.
Arden Lesstymine, known to everyone in the village as Trouble, slid a sheet of freshly baked meat pies onto a cooling rack. “Please don’t let it be Conn again. My ass is still sore from his pinching.” She peered out of the cracked door, praying the lecherous blacksmith wasn’t sitting in the main room.
“No, this one’s a stranger, and a real kook at that.” The beefy innkeeper leaned against the door frame, pointing him out. “You must be some kind of magnet for the crazies.”
“Why do you think I ended up here?” She smoothed her apron and shoved the swinging door open.
Arden approached the table and studied the new customer. His frail body trembled like the last leaves on the branches outside, and his snow-white hair stuck out in every direction. What troubled her the most, though, was his constant muttering. She waited for a lull in his private conversation with himself, but when it never came, she cleared her throat. “Can I get you something?
His body jerked at the sound of her voice, and he lifted his head. Feverish bright blue eyes ringed by a yellow-green halo stared back at her so intensely, she took a step back. Yep, definitely crazy. And definitely a foreigner based on his coloring. Most of the natives of Ranello had dark hair, dark skin, and dark eyes. “Yes,” he whispered before resuming his low, incomprehensible ramblings.
What is your impression of the title?
- It's okay, nothing special (39%, 43 Votes)
- I think it's a perfect fit from what I've seen (27%, 30 Votes)
- Definitely caught my attention--in a good way (21%, 23 Votes)
- I don't pay too much attention to titles so I don't care. (8%, 9 Votes)
- Don't like it. It turned me off the book (5%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 111
What is your impression of the opening of the book in the short sample?
- Neutral - Not long enough to give me any impression (44%, 46 Votes)
- Nope, not piquing my interest at all. (29%, 30 Votes)
- Very Good. It makes me want to read on. (26%, 27 Votes)
- The opening alone would make me purchase the book now. (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 104
Would you purchase this book if it also had many favourable reviews?
- No, not even favourable reviews would get me to purchase this book (30%, 27 Votes)
- Yes, I trust what the majority of fellow readers have to say (23%, 21 Votes)
- Yes, but only reviews by reputable sources (22%, 20 Votes)
- Yes, but only if recommended by someone I know or trust (18%, 16 Votes)
- No, I suspect most of the 5 star reviews were written by friends and family members (7%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 90