I blame all these free giveaways that include pages of fill-in charts about the main characters. Colour of their hair, colour of their eyes, height, weight, birth sign, birthday, school, food likes and dislikes, hobbies, traumatic events….down to grandfather’s favourite toothpaste. It goes on and on until you have more info than even the main character’s mother could know.
I agree an author might find it helpful to know these things. It’s useful as an aide-memoire when writing series.
But I, the reader, only want these facts on a need-to-know basis. I don’t want an infodump at the start that stops the story dead in its tracks.
How much do you need to know about the main characters to enjoy a book?
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Book Blogger List: There are instructions for authors and also for bloggers. Add your site if you do book reviews. Find a reviewer who accepts your genre of book if you want a review. Free.
The Book Breeze: Free listing in the newsletter for new releases.
Book Goodies: likes free and bargain books but does list all books regardless. Have a look. See what you think. Has lots of links to related sites and,of course, advertising options.
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