Q4U: How Do You Decide?
I usually try to evade the question because (1) it’s so subjective and (2) there are so many possible answers, depending on the book. Plus, sometimes I’m not even sure. I start reading and I like it. Or don’t like it. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.
Except as an agent and former editor, it’s sort of my job to know why I like or dislike a piece of writing. And truthfully, I’m always able to pinpoint a reason, if I’m willing to think hard enough about it. That’s one of the reasons I decided to do the query critiques – to show you some of the reasons behind the yes/no decisions.
But it’s your turn. What makes YOU say yes or no to a book?
When you’re browing on Amazon or in a bookstore, looking at covers and reading back cover blurbs and first pages… what makes you either put it back on the shelf, or decide to buy it? Are you able to define a reason?
How do you decide? Be truthful, now. Can’t wait to read your answers. Have a terrific weekend!
Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent