A new hidden gem I found and currently translating

J_Chemist

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The fact that you had to put a Warning label tells me enough.
 

Jaymi

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WARNING: This novel is a hidden gem! Don't be fooled by the cliché sypnosis!
Read 10 chapters before deciding!
10/10 synopsis LMAO
 

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Not to make any judgements on this particular novel, but if you as a writer have needed to clarify to new readers "Don't give up! Read the first X chapters then it really gets good!" it's a big red flag for your own writing.

IMO a novel should set broadly the tone, genre and type in the first chapter. No need to wait to chapter 10 for it to get good. It should get good from the first chapter!
 

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WARNING: This novel is a hidden gem! Don't be fooled by the cliché sypnosis!
Read 10 chapters before deciding
What a joke, if you cant interest me with the synopsis and hook me in a few chapters its unlikely i will ever read further.
 

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Not to make any judgements on this particular novel, but if you as a writer have needed to clarify to new readers "Don't give up! Read the first X chapters then it really gets good!" it's a big red flag for your own writing.

IMO a novel should set broadly the tone, genre and type in the first chapter. No need to wait to chapter 10 for it to get good. It should get good from the first chapter!
Kinda depends. I’ve read some books where it needs a set up. Or a miss leading one. Letting you sit and get comfortable. Then bang, the story fuel for the bullet.

Or a slow set up, making it fleshed out and making you engrossed from this building suspense. Drawing you into the story, and you and the Mc are at the same footing of knowledge, and goals.
 

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Not to make any judgements on this particular novel, but if you as a writer have needed to clarify to new readers "Don't give up! Read the first X chapters then it really gets good!" it's a big red flag for your own writing.

IMO a novel should set broadly the tone, genre and type in the first chapter. No need to wait to chapter 10 for it to get good. It should get good from the first chapter!
Never read the OP's novel, but I could argue that some novels have a slow start needed to build up to something bigger throughout the story, and that it may be necessary to ask your audience to be patient with it in hopes that it will pay off.

My novel starts that way, it begins as a slice of life before turning into a more serious and adult-themed story.
 
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