Genres: Do you select your books by genre OR
Cover: Is the artwork more important to you OR
Title: Do you select your books by the title OR
Author: Is the author's name recognition how you choose your next book?
Because I began writing only for my own creative outlet and recreation, I gave no thought whatsoever to the four questions above. However, these are important items to consider when composing and formatting a new book for release to the public; I know how I would answer these questions, but I'm often outside of the 'usual' parameters in many areas of real and virtual life, so I'd appreciate knowing how others view these features. Candid replies are treasured information.
Going to Visit Boston? An Invaluable Place to Get Info from the Folks Who Live There: It's a Priceless Resource.
Hinting at the content of a novel-in-progress that is unlike any of my others: She is a young woman intent on making and breaking molds literally and figuratively as part of an extended Italian-American family in Boston during the 1950s. She's stereotypically traditional until she isn't and then no one escapes the fun or the dangerous consequences when the large Benardo family starts WWIII on the North End the day Mary announces what she will be doing. Add in Interpol, union shenanigans, and a trio of cousins all born in the same month to different mothers, and you have a small window into the story.
Is OCD a blessing or a curse? Seems to me that it could be both, especially if you think of it in the context of writing books. I never viewed myself as having this disorder, but today I could almost be convinced, as I've just completed another edit of an already published title, to wit, "The Recipe Box: War for Parker Farm."
It is a much better book now, not because the story has changed much but because the mechanics of the thing have been revisited (again). With each read-through of the published versions, I've found ways to improve the appearance of the text and flow of the lines. I am learning that reading has a rhythm, just as a melody has rhythm.
To be truthful, I discovered that in high school when William Shakespear was required reading. At first I found his style nearly imcomprehensible; then, I discovered that he wrote with a certain rhythm and once I found it, I almost enjoyed his work. Almost. At least I preferred him to Chaucer.
The latter was easy enough to read, but the content was a bit disgusting to me and I read only as much as was required. Authors were something that the teacher and I disagreed on; I liked Zane Grey's westerns and my English teacher accused him of having "mental constipation and verbal diarrhea." The teacher liked Chaucer, and I accused him of writing stuff that was...well...disgusting. I did not care that it was vividly written, getting to the heart of the matter, down to the nitty-gritty of the characters. Those characters were just not anyone I wanted to spend time with.