Publishing a story in “snatches”

I’m beginning to think the perfect way of publishing a book, seeing that all people have time for these days is 3-minute “commercials”, is to select the best scenes and blog them – and forget about the rest.

People will believe they have read and understood the story.

This is of course a serious error of judgment as they’ve missed all the background, developments and depth, along with half of the main plot and all the sub-plots; it’s like seeing a trailer and believing you’ve seen the movie.  But…

Most things seem to work like this these days.  Someone who’s read up a little information on the Internet on nuclear physics will feel quite on par with someone who has done a doctorate in it. The general impression is “there’s nothing to that”.  There might even be resentment that armed with what knowledge one has, one can’t get the same opportunities as those with a paper qualification…

This is exactly where the doors are ripped open wide to charlatans and pseudo-science. Pop-psychology is one of the best examples today.  Everyone who’s read a bit of Stephen Covey can jump on the band-wagon and claim to be a “life-coach”. 

{Never mind that psychology itself is a much-disputed “science” at this point; methods and approaches can be diametrically opposed, some experts claim that “expressing” anger or getting some kind of release for it (e.g. a punch-bag) is the best way to manage anger, while newer research shows that expressing anger actually more often increases it.  However most of pop-psychology today touts the expression of anger as a necessary daily tool for a peaceful life – they’ve missed the update.}

So in conclusion what I need is someone who’s prepared to blog excerpts of the best scenes of the books still on my reading list – let’s start with Paul Coelho, and with “Eat, Pray, Love”. Sure I won’t get the whole amazing therapeutic experience of the full read, but I’ll be able to say, “yeah, I’ve read the best part(s) of that book…”

(This is an experimental post.  Read at your own peril.  Oh, oops – Irish move – I should have said that in the beginning.)



3 thoughts on “Publishing a story in “snatches”

  1. The beauty of a serial is that it doesn’t really have to have much logic or sense. Like the old cowboy cliffhanger movies – very often the next instalment didn’t even bother to show how he had escaped hanging from the cliff by his bootlaces.
    Did you ever try Readers’ Digest condensed books? One did get the sense of them, but to me the whole feeling and atmosphere was sadly lacking.

    • LOL, Col… this post was supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek rant. 😉 I do know the Readers’ Digest versions. Sort-of watered down. I wouldn’t read them today. If I want a short, easy read I pick a Hannah Montana or similar. From my daughter’s bookshelf, though she’s outgrown them an age ago. Mostly after more substance than that. If one doesn’t have the time or patience to read a good book in its original state, one shouldn’t bother reading it at all.

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