Your Hosts: DongWon Song, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
Our controversial episode title comes to us via John Schwarzwelder, and it points up nicely the importance of today’s topic, which is first lines, first pages, and how we set about convincing people (who may or may not want to read a book) to read OUR book.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Homework: read the first pages of the last three books you read. Take notes on what you find exciting about them. What kept you reading? What would make you pause?
Bookseller Sara Glassman joined us at the Out of Excuses Workshop and Retreat to talk to us about her perspective on this industry, with an eye to the things that make it easy for her to put a book in a customer’s hands. We talk about back cover copy, covers, query letters, signings, and what booksellers look for on page one.
(Note: Brandon refers to a book of the week pitch that Sara made for us. We needed to run this episode out of order, so you’ll get Sara’s pitch for that book sometime next year.)
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Have three of your friends to send you a random photograph of an object. Use each object in the first 13 lines of your story.
The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley, narrated by Susan Duerden