“69”-ing: Does It Satisfy?
On a blog I perused recently, I picked up an interesting tidbit. It’s a practice called "69-ing" and, no, it’s not that 69-ing!
With all the published and self-published books out there in the market these days, hip readers have found a new way to test whether a prospective purchase is worth their money and interest. They flip the book open to page 69 and start reading.
Apparently, the theory is that by page 69 in any work of fiction, the reader should be happily caught up in the story. Thus, if you "cold" read page 69 of a contender and you like what you read, you'll probably enjoy the whole book from the beginning.
Granted, 69-ing as a before-purchase test doesn’t work well for e-books, but it is an interesting approach for chronic "perusers" like me who can shop in book stores for hours. Then it hit me. As a new author myself, I should check to see how my own novel, Curse Me Not, would fare if someone tried 69'ing it.
I was delighted by what I found.
No, I’m not going to include the contents of my novels’s page 69 here, but I will reveal that the words "juicy," "champagne," "mischief" and "roadside bomb" appear on it. Seems to me those words alone would pique the reader's curiosity. Or so I'm keeping my fingers crossed prospective readers will be hooked by novel!