People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.
It may seem counter-intuitive, given that we're trying to find more time to read, to first spend time surveying and sampling books. But remember that chefs who wish to prepare a sumptuous feast rise early and go to the farmer's market.
I have not known one client who has regretted being on Facebook. I sat down with Merle Good, publisher of Good Books, to ask him about the growth of their fans from 0 to 80,127 in less than three months.