I’ve been editing a book I wrote two years ago and recently decided to add a prologue because I wanted to introduce a few concepts right from the beginning that I thought readers would be lost over if not mentioned early. In addition to that, I had started to scout out books from the same genre to see the different ways authors dealt with their themes. Well, I thought it would be “fun” to get the samples of a handful (4) of books, read the first few pages, and have my husband rank them from his most favorite/interesting to least favorite/interesting, all the while and unbeknownst to him I would read my prologue as if it we’re one of the books. Clever, huh?
The good news is that he initially thought my book was the best book until it got to a part that he thought was “too revealing”. The bad news, because he was so entertained at first then felt that the book spilled too much he ranked it in fifth place. Imagine his chagrin when I finally told him that I had read him a snippet from my book and he ranked it as his least favorite. Groan. Haha! Happily he had admitted, before knowing it was my book, that the writing and setting were his favorite and I could see that his criticism was not only valid but helped to make my book better. I’m still working on it but I’m glad I got that bit of critique today.
I’ll keep plugging along. Have a good weekend everyone.
By the way, if you are interested in what books I had put mine up against, they were:
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordon
The Librarian by Eric Hobbs
Elizabeth’s Legacy by Victor Kloss
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare