30 January 2007

My Blogging Day

Good morning everyone :)

Things are heating up for me, I sold my second work to Phaze, a contemporary. I've been working through edits and all sorts of writerly things.

The new wips are set in 17th century Caribbean, the far future, Ancient China and an alternate history West.

Since this is my blog day I thought I'd aske the readers a question or two...

First what length of story is your favorite? Do you like the long books with lots of involved plot that you can lose yourself in for hours, or the short fast paced books that sweep you away for a quick adventure?

And second, do you enjoy the action of the story, you know the adventure stuff, or the quiet romance moments more?

And third, how important is it to see the hero and heroine on a cover?

11 comments:

Colleen Gleason said...

Depends on my mood whether I want long, involved or short, fast reads...there are times when I want one or the other.

I like it when I pick up a book and it feels meaty, though. I feel cheated if I pick up a book that has big type and wide margins and 300 or so pages.

I prefer stories with equal parts adventure/mystery to the romance.

And...I forgot the other question! :-)

Colleen Gleason said...

Oh yeah...it's not important to me to see the hero and heroine on the front cover.

PennyAsh1 said...

I like both too, and I love a good trilogy or series as long as it's well researched and really transports me to the era :)

I prefer a more graphic cover myself, one that gives a hint of what's inside the cover

carrie_lofty said...

Welcome, Colleen. Please take this as a high and sincere compliment, but the fact I knew your name right away indicates what a great job of PR you've done on The Rest Falls Away. Great buzz! My husband's in marketing -- I notice these sorts of things and take mental notes. We're glad to have you stop by!

Morag McKendrick Pippin said...

First what length of story is your favorite? Do you like the long books with lots of involved plot that you can lose yourself in for hours, or the short fast paced books that sweep you away for a quick adventure?

I like the long, meaty books.

And second, do you enjoy the action of the story, you know the adventure stuff, or the quiet romance moments more?

The former.

And third, how important is it to see the hero and heroine on a cover?

Not at all important

Delia DeLeest said...

I like fast, action filled reads for the most part, though I do like burrowing myself in a long involved book when I'm in the right mood. I like lots of action and adventure, as long as it's believable and preferably comedic.

Though it helps if the cover art is attractive to catch my eye, what's actually on the cover is incredibly minor. My visual thinking is positively nil, and once I'm involved in the book, I can't even tell you what the cover looks like - most of the time I can't remember the title.

Tess said...

I love long, involved books with lots of action and a few quiet, romantic moments. And I'm by no means wedded to seeing the h/h on the cover :-)

Marjorie Jones said...

Very good questions!

First, I like the longer single-title books. At least 80-100k words for paperback. Ebooks, I like them a little shorter due to eyestrain. I'll force myself to read the whole thing if its really good, even if I'm going blind LOL... not a good thing.

I enjoy a good balance between high adventure and quiet times. Not necessarily the same # of scenes mind you, but a feeling of up and down. If we're up too long, I get exhausted, and if we're down too long, I feel like there isn't a whole lot 'happening' to drive the subplots. So gimme a wild chase, a little intrique and some sweet kisses and it's all good.

I adore my concept covers (no people) but I also like the old clinche covers LOL... I'm a throwback. I LIKED the cheesy Fabio covers with the windmachine and impossible-contortionist positions.

PennyAsh1 said...

I'll keep all this in mind on my next project :)

Jacquie said...

1. All lengths. I love to curl up on the couch with a nice, thick paperback and lose myself in the story world. But I also treasure the shorter reads because I prefer to read the whole story in one sitting. But whether the book is long or short, I want a fast pace.

2. I like both action and emotion, but I don't want either of them repeated. My pet peeve is rehashing feelings. All right, already, we know that! So I skip to the next good part. (Naughty, I know.)

3. I prefer not to see the hero and heroine on the cover because they never look like my idea of the characters. Ever. I'd much rather see a symbolic depiction of the theme, such as a sword and a rose--that sort of cover.

All that said, the truth is that I'll read nearly anything.

Jacquie, the book addict

Lisa Yarde said...

Sorry to be chiming in so late on this, but I'm just catching up on many things.

First what length of story is your favorite?

-I have to admit preferring a longer story, something by Margaret George usually fits the bill. Something that I can lose myself in for a few hours on the daily commute or on a lazy Sunday. If I'm in love with characters, I hate to see the story end too soon.

And second, do you enjoy the action of the story, you know the adventure stuff, or the quiet romance moments more?

-No preference for either; action or romance that brings a smile or a laugh, something about a particular scene that really holds my interest is all that matters.

And third, how important is it to see the hero and heroine on a cover?

-I prefer not to see the hero / heroine and visualize them in my mind instead. I've been tortured by one too many novels featuring the heroine with her heaving bosom kneeling submissively at the hero's feet. A castle, if a medieval, or a carnival mask, if a renaissance story work well for me as covers.

Great question!

Lisa