Today I spent three hours perusing books in Barnes and Nobles, opening the first pages of a dozen books, asking myself if they were worth the money. (I had a gift card to use.) I ended up buying one book on writing.
How many books did I dismiss though? Because of their cheap covers? Their boring blurbs? The way the print hurt my eyes by being too bold or too light? The way there was too much dialogue and not enough description or the reverse? Or the dreadful first sentences.
The list goes on.
I rejected book after book.
And I’m not a qualified agent. I’m a buyer.
But today’s experience gave me that little nudge I need now and then.
It reminded me to Dream big but Dream realistically.
Books get published. But it doesn’t mean they will sell.
When browsing a bookstore, what’s your biggest reason for rejecting a book?