Why I Use Bookmarks
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I am a fan of James Patterson. I love his writing style and his characters. When I see a new Patterson novel on the shelves at my local retail store, I make a mental note of the title so that I can look for it when it hits the library.

When I get a book, I take care of it. I am careful not to fold down the corners of the pages, and I do not set the book down with it open. Both of these methods of marking my spot will damage the book. Instead, I use a bookmark.

The bookmarks I normally use are not the fancy ones that are available at bookstores. Rather than using one of these, I might instead use a piece of paper or an advertisement. I might even design my own bookmark. My favorite thing to use for a bookmark, however, is a card that I received in the mail several years ago, inviting me to go to New York City to audition for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” I never made it to the audition, but I kept the card. Now I have a way to take care of the books that I read. I want to protect them because I know first hand what goes into a book.

When my husband was writing United Earth: The Revelation, we did not yet have our house. Instead, we were living with family. In this unusual environment, it was difficult for him to concentrate on his work. Despite this difficulty, he managed to finish the book and submit it for publication. I know what my husband went through during his writing, and I know that other writers sometimes must deal with less than ideal conditions when they write. Therefore, I want to respect their work.

I also know that publishing a book is not cheap. It costs money to publish the book itself. In addition, the publishing packages include channels to promote the book and various forms of advertising, such as posters and postcards. These packages can cost several thousand dollars. Because the packages are so expensive, it makes sense to take care of a book.

The next time you are about to dig into a recent bestseller that you have been dying to read, grab a bookmark. That way, if you are called away, you can mark your place. Then, later, you can return to your reading.


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