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Saturday, June 9, 2012
5:00 AM | Posted by Heather Long | | Edit Post
- I will edit my "casual" emails for passive voice
- I will stare at edits and realize that every manuscript seems to be a love letter to a particular word and whichever word that is -- well I'll use it often
- I will stare, eyes wide, when asked by a potential reader "Which of your books do you recommend that I read?"
Granted, recommending one of my books shouldn't be tough. Notice, the word is "shouldn't," not isn't. I don't have a canned response because at last count, I have eight released titles in four series with six upcoming releases in the next four months.
This is all incredibly awesome news for me, but it makes pinpointing "what book of mine would I recommend a new reader start with" hard - particularly because I am writing in three different genres. Yes, I know, there are worse problems. I totally accept this and I even accept that this post is vaguely narcissistic and shallow, but I need help.
But I really do get stuck on that question, because it makes me want to ask:
Well what do you like to read? Do you have a particular genre? Do you like snarky heroines? Do you like hot guys? Do you like historicals? Westerns? Paranormal? Romantic suspense? Military guys?
See, if I get to know you, I can answer that question. But most of the time when this question comes up, there's a hard pressure to answer it and answer it right now. Which series do I choose? Which hero do I push?
And for the record, just picking my favorite won't work because they are all my favorites.
So what do I do? I'm going to start by asking you what you like to read and how you pick your favorite books (or even what they are). Readers and authors are both invited. Help a writer out. How do I answer which of my books a new reader should start with!