At first thought, a sample may not seem like enough to analyze. But as Hooked author Les Edgerton writes, "A good, quality story beginning is a microcosm of the work entire. If you capture the right beginning, you've written a small version of the whole" (7). Edgerton is mostly concerned with material far less than a chapter in length. Ebook samples often give more than that. So if he can get so much out of a few pages, I feel much can be learned from a chapter or so.
And much can be learned about what works and doesn't work from such a sample. You see, I'm not one of those people who believe commercially published writings are free from flaws. No writing is perfect. But that doesn't matter in this blog series, for the parts I want to tell are the parts that work well, because errors did not shoot a particular novel up the ranks, its excellencies did. And a lot can be learned from the good stuff.
That being said, I have finished my first sample: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews.