Hello, So I have noticed that in recent times there is somewhat of a shifting paradigm in being successful as an author. I often ask myself if it is sheer luck, hard work, or great marketing strategies that get new writers noticed. And for the life of me, the answers to this question does not come easy. Hard work maybe? I picked up Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train and many many pages into this book, I still was not hooked. Whatever happened to the idea of catching the readers' interest from the first page? Those first pages I read only rambled about the main character and her somewhat miserable life and the couple she enjoys watching on the train and that didn't grab me enough to keep reading, yet this is a very successful book. So what does it? Are readers more patient these days and not very demanding for action from the first page? Is the author established enough to rely on the story's strength to do the work? Why shouldn't or couldn't a new author try this approach? What gives?