How To: See Into the Mind of Your Reader (What? I Can See That?)

I was meandering through some links in my writing folder and decided to check out what was on the Amazon.com page for Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors. What I found near the bottom of the page was cool.

Fascinating.

Neat.

Pretty sweet.

Anyway, after all the descriptions, reviews, and bio stuff, there MAY BE a heading called “Shared Notes & Highlights.” (I said “may be” because if there are no shared notes or highlights from the work, the heading won’t be there. There’s a easier way to see what people have highlighted, and I’ll explain how to that below.)

So what is this heading?

Amazon says: “Shared Notes & Highlights are the thoughts and passages that Kindle readers have shared while reading this book. These are made available to other Kindle readers and optionally to Facebook and Twitter. You can comment on existing Notes & Highlights shared by other readers, share your own thoughts and passages, or save your favorite quotes.”

So what was there?

I was suprised to see some of the passages readers have highlighted in Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors that stood out for them.

Here they are:

“Because there is nothing bad, just stuff that needs to be looked at differently.” (5 Highlighters)

“A woman is made by the environment she’s in, by the friends she keeps, and by the lessons she allows the world to teach her.” (5 Highlighters)

“Sometimes you get what you wish for without ever really knowing what the wish was.” (4 Highlighters)

“you miss something grand when you don’t step back and examine everything” (4 Highlighters)

“There is a reason for everything that happens, and even if something is tragic, painful or full of rage, it is part of a larger whole.” (3 Highlighters)

“storms are God’s way of sweeping up the messes people leave.” (1 Highlighter)

If you have a book published with Kindle, you can check out what people have found important in your own work.

How? Go to https://kindle.amazon.com/ and type in the ASIN of your book in the search box (upper right hand side of the page). Even if no one has highlighted stuff (as is the case for Sketches from the Spanish Mustang), you can still get a result.

I think. It worked for me and it was quite eye-opening. This is the stuff that makes writers happy.

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