Nov 16 2014

Sunday Seven for @amazonkindle Thoughts and a #NaNoWriMo First Line Hook

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Sunday Seven for Kindle Thoughts and a NaNoWriMo First Line Hook


This week I’m bringing you seven ideas I wish the Kindle App had, as well as seven possible opening lines from my current NaNoWriMo fantasy story.


Kindle App Ideas:


  1. Genre sorting – For those of us who own books of more than one type (romance, cookbooks, craft instructions, etc), the ability to search by genre would be nice.
  2. Recommend to friend – Yes, I could contact my friend and retype the title and author… but what if there was just a share icon to click? share icon
  3. Favorite or Follow the Author on Amazon – Get a notice when they have a new book coming out. This is ridiculously beneficial to the writer, reader, and the sales department!
  4. Tweet your favorite line- A feature would let you mark 100 characters as you read along, and at the end allow you to tweet one of those as your favorite part, automatically adding in the book title and an Amazon buy link. 
  5. Back of the book- It’s great that I can see the covers. But I wish I could flip them over, virtually speaking, so I could read the blurb on the back.
  6. Social connect with the writer – Easily click to follow the author on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, and whatever other social sites.
  7. Follow the publisher- Much like my ideas from 3 and 6, but with the publisher.



Possible Opening Lines:


  1. I can’t think a less distressing scenario to explain how this gown exists.
  2. Dad dying would secure my path to the happiest future imaginable, assuming that I could survive the mourning, which is unfathomable.
  3. I know that I can’t fake a smile bright enough to match this dress. -or-   My heartbeat races as I realize that I cannot fake a smile bright enough to match this revealing dress.
  4. A dragon’s rumble prompts the kingdom to arise from blissful slumber.
  5. I live on a world illuminated by the light of two nearby stars, yet everywhere I look, I see darkness.
  6. How am I to lead, as a princess or the military’s general, when I fail the most basic requirement of a citizen?
  7. Giving this dress to a dragon, so that it can be horded and appreciated for the multitude of shiny jewels, is the best idea.


Also found in the NaNoWriMo forums
First Line Story Book Hook


Would you use any of those features if they were part of the Kindle App? (If you use the Kindle App, that is- otherwise this is probably pointless and irrelevant to you.)


Which, if any, of my seven opening lines most grabs your attention? Do any of them hook you? Are any of the lines off putting for some reason you can explain?



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    • Kat on November 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I like #5 best, because it’s interesting to think of a planet in a binary star system. Also, I like the concept of light/dark. That draws you right into the story and says a lot about the protag, right off the bat.

    #2 is also fascinating for an opening line. What a Catch-22, to not want your father to die, yet for your father’s death to also secure the happiest future. That sounds unsolvable to me and as a reader, I would want to know what answer there would be to that conundrum!
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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. And thank you for this valuable feedback.
      Yeah, I love that I’ve given this world two stars to travel around. The light and dark play a large role in the overall story, especially toward Act 3.
      Her dad’s death will be a life altering event. It directly addresses the largest problem that she’s aware of facing.

        • Kat on November 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        You’re welcome. Your fantasy story sounds great! Happy writing.
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        1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Fingers crossed…. or not crossed, as they still have much typing to do. 😉

  1. It said I timed out trying to tweet the post, so not sure if previous comment posted, so if it’s a double comment, I apologize.

    Love these ideas!! Simple genius.

    This is my favorite line: I know that I can’t fake a smile bright enough to match this dress.

    Quickly read, yet it holds a mystery…why is she dressed up and sad- must keep reading on know why.
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    1. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it.

  2. I love numbers 2 and 5 for I your opening lines! Very captivating:). I think it would be so cool if we could highlight favorite lines in our Kindle books and tweet them. What a fantastic idea.
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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate the feedback.
      There have been several times where I’ve wanted to tweet a line. I forget all about it later. But if it were quick and easy- I think people would do it, and I believe that would increase sales.

  3. YES! I totally want those options on my kindle!! Right now I get a review prompt at the end of a book, but that’s it. Then again, it is a paperwhite, so what do I expect, eh?

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    1. Exactly. I use the app (on an android device and on Chrome). A review prompt– which sometimes asks for stars, but not word feedback. And then, as I’ve come to discover, the author thinks that it wasn’t reviewed at all! That’s a flaw in what could be a great system.
      Sadly, I have no clout with Amazon or the Kindle team, so my ideas are nothing but a nice blog post. But hey, maybe one day!

  4. I love ideas 1-7. YEAH! If you need any assistance getting these apps done contact all and any authors. We’ll get it done together.

    Love those first lines. #5 hooked me. EXCELLENT. I’m doing NaNo too. My fingers ache. 80,000 and counting. Thanks for visiting my house today. Much appreciated. *waves peace sign*
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    1. I have no idea how to get Amazon’s attention. I just thought up these items at random one day.

      Thanks so much for the feedback. 80,000? Allow me to let out a long, impressed whistle. Way to Go! I just sent you a NaNoWriMo buddy request.

      Thanks for coming over. I hope to hang out in our blogging worlds more often. 🙂

  5. Got it, buddy! Will see you again soon. Yeah! Good luck with NaNo. Your novel sounds great. My words are two MG novels. One horse, one fantasy.
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    1. Ohh, sounds interesting. Hope they land in print so I can read them! 🙂

    • Kat on November 20, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Happy typing! 🙂 I like homemade applesauce with big chunks and warm with cinnamon. LOL!
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    1. I like chunky applesauce with cheese on top, warmed up for 30 seconds in the microwave.

    • Joyce on November 22, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    I really like line 5. It’s intriguing.
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    1. 5 and 3 are the the leaders so far. Thank you so much for your feedback. I deeply appreciate it.

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