Over the last few days I've been trying to figure out what the key ingredients are to making a book unputdownable. Honestly, I rarely read a book's first chapter where I can't put it down. For me, a book doesn't become unputdownable til halfway through it. So what's the big deal?
I know taste has a lot to do with it. What makes a book unputdownable to me, won't always be the same for someone else. I've always given novels a kind of grace period at the beginning to get my interest flowing. Usually if it doesn't by the third chapter, I don't come back to it. But in today's publishing world, it's not enough. The first chapter has to practically sing itself off the page.
I get it. And it's tough creating that hook in the first chapter... that unputdownable-ness. But what is it exactly? I'm sure it's different for every story, but can you pinpoint the qualities or quality? I think with my story FLOAT, there is some unputdownable-ness in the first chapter, but I'm finding it varies from reader to reader. That's why finding the right agent is so hard.
BTW I got some great feedback from my book club last night. I even got quoted! How cool is that? One friend had singled out quotes from my book. I'm so glad I had them read it. They really liked it and are so positive about me seeking publication. That makes me feel there's hope. :)
But tell me, do you have any inklings as to what the key ingredients are to capture that unputdownable quality? Tell me everything, g'head.