Last Lines

I’ve seen blogs about first lines of a book and how they have to pull the reader into the story from the get-go. I just finished reading a novella and the last line of the last story struck a chord with me. The line was:

“…you could accomplish anything – if only you believed.” The story was PAINKILLERS in KICK @$$ and the author is Jacey Ford. I have to admit I hadn’t read any of her work before (too many good authors, not nearly enough time in the day), but I loved the message she presented. Which was (obviously) if you believe in yourself enough, you can do anything.

I needed to see/hear that bit of advice right now. As my debut novel, Grave Secrets, is scheduled for release August 3rd, I need to believe I can do a blog tour, set up personal signings, give talks and interviews, come up with witty lines to write on the inside of the book during signings, remember the names of people I haven’t seen in years (or decades) and the list goes on. I just need to believe that I can accomplish all those things and do them well. I have to if I want to promote my book. And I do. I love this story and I think everyone else will, too.

Okay. I have to admit this blog is a pep talk to myself. But that’s all right. I figured if I could use a pick-me-up, so could others out there in cyber land.

Don’t forget, sometimes it isn’t the first line in your story that the reader will remember, but the last. Choose your words wisely. ♥


7 thoughts on “Last Lines

  1. The secret to remembering names at a signing. Take a helper with you. Let her take the $$ and write the name on a sticky note on the book. Then when your brain freezes from seeing all those faces you haven’t made contact with in years, it’s there in black and white.
    And if you can, make what you write heartfelt. I tried making up a phrase as I was told to do, and it sank like a boat with a big hole in the bottom.

    Heart always works best.

  2. Have to agree with Susan. Writing from the heart is best. But just in case, explore a few signature lines for those times when you’ve already signed 1,000 books and the heart has run out of sincerity. LOL!

  3. I’ve always thought last lines were more important than first ones. You want a line that gives the reader a sense of complete satisfaction and makes her happy she read your book, so that she’ll remember that feeling next time she sees your name.

    My favorite signing story (not mine) : the author was anxious because it was her first hometown signing. A man was next in line, and she knew his face, knew everything about him except his first name. She was embarrassed to admit that, so she brightly asked him, “How do you spell your name?”

    The man very patiently replied, “J. I. M.”


    • LOL. That’s my fear, Marilyn. That I’ll know the face, but because it’s been so long since I’ve seen them, I’ll forget their name (even if it is J.I.M.).

      I think I have a pretty good last line in my book. Will wait and see what the general public thinks, though. 😉

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