So Many Books; So Little Time Part One
With so many great books and authors out there, I know I will never live long enough to read them all. When I was younger I thought if I started a book I needed to finish reading it. I no longer think that way. When editing, judging for a contest or reading a critique group submission I still read every word, but now I have a few rules of thumb that I use to identify books I’m willing to abandon quickly. (Note, I apply my rules to critique my own writing too.)
The !!! Rule: I have never read a book worth the time it took to read that had three exclamation points on the first page. Never. Now I don’t go past the first page. More than one ! on the first page and I’m very skeptical.
The Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Rule: Mistakes in books are like ants at a picnic — unwanted but unavoidable. However, my experience tells me authors who don’t take the time to get basic English correct probably haven’t taken the time to polish their writing enough either.
What convinces you to put a book back the rack or shelf and look for another one?