Why You Should Always Read the Sample

I’ve learned the hard way to always read samples — especially where IR Romance is concerned. I’ve been burned one too many times by a great book description that leads to just a meh book. Samples also help get me off the fence about whether to download certain books, that I wouldn’t otherwise download. Sometimes a book has a great description but an awful cover. It’s kind of like meeting a handsome man, who dresses horribly. Is his fashion taste indicative of his general nature, or is he a sweet-but-bumbling soul in need of a makeover? Samples help me decide whether or not to judge the book by its cover.

Recently I stumbled upon another benefit of reading samples. When uploading my own book, THE OWNER OF HIS HEART, to the Kindle store, I was surprised to find that I wasn’t allowed to pick OWNER’S excerpt length. Amazon automatically clips the first 10% of your book and uses that as the sample. So what you’re reading is approximately 10% of the book minus the front matter. Now that I know that, I’m no longer wasting my money on books that turn out to be way shorter than I thought they would be judging from their price points.

So in the spirit of sampling, I’m inviting you to click on the cover below to read the first five chapters of THE OWNER OF HIS HEART.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Shellett2000
    Sep 13, 2012

    Loved every one of your books. Downloaded Wild One without a sample. That goes to show you how much I trust you. Now I did read the reviews–I’m not a total airhead :0) Reviews help you when the sample fail you (like anything written by Empress Lablaque). Thank you for bringing wonderful storytelling and true romance to the IR genre!

    • Theodora Taylor
      Sep 27, 2012

      This comment made my week. There are very few authors I download without a sample so I’m honored to be included on your list.

  2. Tonimihos
    Dec 23, 2011

    One of the best books I have read this year. I loved Nathan!!!!!!!

    • Theodora Taylor
      Dec 30, 2011

      I’m glad! Thanks for the comment!

    • Theodora Taylor
      Theodora Taylor
      Mar 4, 2012

      Hi!

      Just wanted to let you know that my second book, HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE, is now available for download at Amazon: http://amzn.to/ySTiPC

      Thanks so much for your support and kind words.

      Happy Reading,
      Theodora

  3. Nikkia
    Dec 22, 2011

    I just finished your book! OMG! I LOVED it! Great job! It was well written and the story had depth. Did I say I loved it? I was sad when it was over. I wanted more of Nathan and Layla. Please Please PLEASE write Andrew’s story. Please, Pretty Please! Keep up the good work.

    • Theodora Taylor
      Dec 30, 2011

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Don’t worry, Andrew’s story is definitely coming in 2012. Stay tuned!

    • Theodora Taylor
      Theodora Taylor
      Mar 4, 2012

      Hi Nikkia!

      Just wanted to let you know that my second book, HER RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE, is now available for download at Amazon: http://amzn.to/ySTiPC

      Thanks so much for your support and kind words.

      Happy Reading,
      Theodora

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