Feature and Follow – Biggest turn off in a book
Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can’t deal with bad editing?
Bad editing, all the way.
I’ve said this many times in my critique group when the question of self publishing comes up – When an author makes the choice to self publish they are taking the responsibility upon themselves to oversee all the steps that a publisher normally would for a book. It is not an excuse to skip those steps.
If a reader is parting with their money for a book, they deserve a quality product.
A storyline may be subjective, but mechanics are not. (And I’m not talking about the parts of grammar that people sometimes can’t agree on. I’m talking about blatant lack of editing.)
No book is perfect, not even traditionally published works. I do not expect perfection. I do however expect people to hire decent, competent editors. Even editors hire editors to edit their own books, because most realize that self-editing is just not likely to produce a true quality finished product. A handful of typos in a book don’t bother me. I know that I am more likely to see and notice them because no matter how much I tell it to shut up my writer’s brain won’t go away, even when I’m just trying to read for pleasure. But when I start seeing a handful per page, I get pissy.
I hear it over and over again, other self published authors claiming they can’t afford an editor. I’m sorry, but it isn’t an excuse. If they cannot make the investment to make their book a quality product, it is not fair to ask their readers to part with their own money for it.
Now that I’m done ranting, what are your big turn offs in books?
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