Recently there has been an upsurge in old books being re-printed either by publishers or by authors who’ve obtained their rights back. Many of these older books, and I’m thinking of Georgette Heyer and others of her ilk, spent time introducing the reader to the story. This is particularly important when an historical writer wants to do something that is not period accurate. However new authors are told to jump the reader into the story.
I recently downloaded a sample of a book that received rave reviews. The author started out with a scene that was so completely historically inaccurate I didn’t even get past the first page. If she would have been encouraged to lead up to that scene, I may very well have stayed with her and bought the book. As it was, I deleted the sample and re-read one of my Georgette Heyer’s.
The point, that I’ve taken my time getting to, is that there is a market for, so-called, older style books, otherwise they would not be in reprint or doing well as e-books. Publishers don’t print what they don’t think they can sell, and why should they? What I do not understand is the reason new authors are being pushed to begin their novels by going right for the action, when books with a lead-in still sell.