There's more to a great book than good writing, real characters and a cool plot. A great book will reel you in and when it's over, you'll be desperate for more.
Are you writing a book, non-fiction or fiction?
Use your final scene in the story to create a sense of fulfillment in your reader. Take them on an emotional rollercoaster with your writing and then leave them on a high.
First lines, first pages, will get me to pick up a book and read it. The thrill of the story and how the ending makes me feel will decide whether that author gets read again.
For example, I'd never read Linda Howard before a few years ago. One night I picked up Cry No More, which I'd gotten from the library. I couldn't put it down.
Howard engaged me, made me cry and worry and then at the end gave me such an euphoria that I knew I had to read something by her again.
It was intense, and that addicted me.
Which books have done this for you? Which author do you read without ever checking out the plot, because you know the author will leave you satisfied?