What I read:
- Pretty much anything that requires me to suspend belief.
- Novels, novellas, screenplays, teleplays.
What I don't read
- Stories that focus on gratuitous amounts of sex or violence; if your aim is to shock/sicken - I'm not your gal. I'm young at heart.
Do I accept submissions?
- Not at this moment. My to read pile is scary. I do, however, take recommendations - though I can't guarantee reviews or purchases.
|Rating||Enjoyment||Re-read||Buy more from author|
|1||I probably didn’t finish the book||Unlikely; Only if someone I truly respected convinced me to||No|
|2||It was okay||Doubtful||I’ll watch what the author is up to, but will probably wait until he/she releases something that I can’t ignore, but I’ll probably only buy it if it is on special|
|3||I mostly enjoyed the book; minor niggles or it wasn’t from my preferred genres||Probably not||Only when the author is in my price range – bargain bins, second hand stores; Smashwords/Kindle ebooks|
|4||I really enjoyed the book; great storytelling or characters||Yes; these are either comfort reads or stories that require more exploration from me||Absolutely. I’ve been entertained by great storytelling and that’s all I want in my reading life|
|5||I LOVED the book so much I want to study it as though it were a new language||Definitely; these stories make me love the craft of writing, and I’ll read them again and again in the hopes of learning from the masters||I’ll be a true fan of these writers and gobble up every book they release|
How do I come to this thrilling conclusion?
Beginning (first ten pages / first act / average eBook sample size)I live by the "kill someone by page 10" rule of writing. It doesn't mean that someone has to physically die, it's just a nice way to remember that your story needs to have kicked off (or been very interestingly set up to kick off) at this point.
- Is the tone/genre clearly established?
- Is there a decent enough hook early on?
- Arrives late; leaves early?
- Is opportunity wasted by misplaced exposition?
- Is the main character someone I want to follow?
- Do the supporting characters have their own unique voices and lives?
- Is the antagonist a worthy obstacle to the main character?
- Are the relationships believable and genuine?
- Personal stakes?
- Are the “physical” obstacles believable?
- Are the conflicts realistic or contrived?
- Is their adequate tension throughout?
- Did the story keep the promise set out by the premise and beginning?
- Was there a satisfying pay-off? That is, a complete story was told, even if sequels have been set-up.
- Did the characters learn anything / grow?
- Was the Point Of View effective?
- Did the writer “skip the boring parts”?
- Did the writing seamlessly fade into the background of the story or did it come to the fore and distract from it?
- Is there anything else that made this story sparkle?