by Amy Wilkins, Harlequin Digital Content team member & Carina Press Acquisition team
A couple weeks ago I read a Carina Press submission that I loved. It may be my favorite of any Carina book — and surprisingly, it was a from a genre I don’t normally read. Yet I knew within the first couple chapters that I loved it — and here were the signs….
1) I start writing the blurb as I read it. Are you one of those people that when you love a book you want others to love it just as much? I am, and it shows in how enthusiastic I am to write the book blurb for it. While reading the book, things jumped out at me that would be great for the book description: Phrases that show the author’s voice. Ways to describe the characters. Which plot elements could hook the reader. I was excited about this story, I wanted to start a blurb that would excite readers to pick it up, too.
2) I forget about all the other books I want to read. I’m the sort of reader who always has 2 or 3 books on the go. A couple on my e-readers (yes, I own two!) that I keep in my purse, and another on my nightstand. And those are just the books I’ve actually started reading, not to mention all the ones waiting for the future. It takes a strong story to make me forget those other books on my TBR list.
3) I don’t dare skip any of it – even if I stay up way too late to finish the whole thing. Imagine me the night before the next Carina acquisition meeting. I had about 400 pages (resized on my Sony Reader so that probably seems like more than it actually was) left of the manuscript to read. By page 150, I was sure I was going to want this book to be acquired. I could have skipped ahead to make sure the book didn’t fall apart half-way through or the ending was completely bogus. But by then I loved the story so much that I didn’t want to miss a single moment of these characters. So I kept reading waaaay too late – and had to drink way too much coffee the next morning as a result.
I’m sure I’ll be back on the blog in a couple months when this book is about to be released to tell you what it was about this particular submission I adored. But until then, why don’t you tell me your top signs that you are loving the book you’re reading?