A Small Fortune, by Audrey Braun
Source (where I found out about it): Kindle Daily Post
Kindle price: $2.99
Year published: 2011
Buy decision: No
Formatting and layout errors: 0
Copy mistakes: 0
This sample starts 31% of the way in. Why does it begin so far in? Even before I’ve started reading, I feel like they’ve cheated me out of a third of the sample.
First person. Which is fine, but it makes me wary because first person is so easy to mangle.
Very clean and well-written piece. But there’s nothing in the sample that makes me want to continue reading. Characters seem too familier, common, boring. No evidence of plot. Just a female protagonist who is non-specifically unhappy and does not yet want anything that might dust up a plot.
If it seemed a more compelling story, I would buy it because I like her writing abilities. But there’s no story here, at lest in the sample.
(Lesson to those of us who are writers: Get the plot going early. As writing teachers like to say, start in the middle of things.)