Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tip O'Day for Authors #153

Guest blogger Surya Sunder Dey, a thriller author and avid reader, on what helps her choose a book to buy.
I mostly choose books from the short descriptions one finds on the dust jacket. In this regard, I'd say tastes differ. A reader of one genre might find novels of another genre tedious, if she is solely going by the blurb. Now, if you turn this thing around, you can say writing a very good short description might be one of the important elements of selling a title. E-books sold online also come with these descriptions.
A good story always makes the reader ask, "What happens next?" I'd hasten to add that this is a very personal idea and might be wrong from more than one angle. Yet when I read those Ludlumesque novels (there are other authors catering to the fans of this genre, but somehow Robert Ludlum manages to stand as a landmark for this type of story), I can hardly let my back touch the backrest of the chair. My point here is that this element of "what happens next" should be there in that brief description.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for highlighting my humble opinion. :-)
    It's quite flattering.