Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Book Research Shortcut

Helpful Book Reading Tip! A shortcut to keeping up with what's out there in Published Book Land (without reading all the books in the world) is to go to Amazon and bring up a particular book. If you don't have a specific book in mind, type in "YA paranormal romance" or "adult mystery books" or whatever field you're interested in. You can see what's out there and read the book summaries and reviews of your genre that way. Also--even handier--is Amazon's "Look Inside" feature; nowadays more and more books have it. With it, you can select to read the first 5 or so pages of a book. Great for researching how other authors begin books (their opening lines, etc), and for providing a flavor of an author's voice and style.

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