Guest post by vlogger, blogger, and author, Hope Pennington
If you hadn’t written it, would you pick your book up in a bookstore and buy it?
Especially in this day and age, when you could be watching a movie or buying a Starbucks with that 10 dollars, would you spend it on your book?
This question alone is enough to make me re-evaluate my entire life of book writing. I love books, yet I’ve only bought seven in the past year—and most of those were crazy discounted.
A good thing to do is evaluate yourself. When and why do you buy one book over another? Do you . . .
. . . judge it based on the cover?
. . . take it if it’s an original, new idea?
. . . flip through it and see if a scene grabs you?
. . . buy it if it makes you laugh?
. . . have to know what happens if the suspense is strong?
These are a few things that make me want to buy a book. What’s your list. If you don’t know, start paying attention to yourself at the bookstore of library. What books do you pick up and why? Which ones do you put down? Which do you take home?
Besides money, a book also takes time out of someone’s life to read it.
Time is money.
The moral to the story is, make changes to your book and reread it. If that doesn’t work, do it again. And if you just can’t seem to make it buy-worthy, it may be time to put it aside and try another idea.
That doesn’t mean the time you spent on that book was wasted; it helped you to learn what not to do in the future—and that’s valuable.
What are you waiting for? Reread your book, and when it’s buy-worthy—way to go! There are few better feelings then sending something you’re truly proud of off to the publishers!
Hope Pennington is an epic hero nerd, vlogger, blogger, author, and Jesus fangirl. If she’s not writing or reading, she can be found in a secret location that she will not disclose because if she did she’d have to kill you.