During recent conversations with fellow writers and friends, Amie Stuart and Calista Fox, the topic of quotes surfaced. Most likely because I’ve been sending out advance reading copies (ARCs) of my December 2007 release, SIN CLUB, to folks whose work I admire in hopes that they love my work and will give me a quote saying … well, that they love my work.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about quotes. But I’ll be the first to admit that, prior to becoming a published author, I never thought about quotes. Not even when I had a book in my hand that I was thinking of buying. My eyes would skip past the quotes, barely registering their existence.
The only time I read quotes was when I was annoyed. Like, when I picked up a book and turned it over to read the back cover copy and – instead of text – the whole back cover was an author photo. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good photo as much as the next gal, but when I look at the back of the book that I’m thinking of buying, I want to see words, not look at pictures.
So, after heaving a huge sigh, I’d open the book, looking for that little excerpt to entice me to buy it, only to find page after page of quotes. These I’d skim, looking for the ones that actually gave me a hint about what the book was about, barely noticing who gave the quote.
Alright. Off my soapbox. That was then …
Now, after I turn in my completed manuscript to my editor, I become obsessed with quotes for a month or so – sometimes I even experience quote-envy as I read the quotes given to other authors.
But despite my obsessive-compulsive quote seeking behavior and my occasional quote-envy, I still don’t buy a book based on its quotes. Am I alone here? Do quotes influence your decision to buy a book? If so, I’ll let you know when Dean Koontz says, “If you only read one book this year, read a Rachelle Chase romance!”