What Puts Readers Off Self-Published Books?

This is a terrific post from author Tara Sparling on what turns readers on/off when buying self-published books. Complete with graphic. Yes, Virginia, editing *does* matter. 🙂

Tara Sparling writes

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Oh, we’ve come a long way from What Makes People Buy Self-Published Books last week, ladies and gentlesirs!

Brace yourselves now, as we enter the dark side of book marketing: the things which make you REFUSE to buy self-published books.

And we’ve all experienced this to some degree. Self-publishing often gets a very bad rap. If people avoided some of the behaviour which follows, the industry can only benefit.

Cobbled together from the feedback from you, the nice people who comment, I now have a list of what’s most likely to make sure you will never buy a book from a certain author, let alone read one.

These fall loosely into 3 categories:

1. Pushy Marketing Tactics
2. Bad Book Design
3. The Writing Itself

These categories also come in the order which they would turn readers off a book. Even if a book didn’t…

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2 thoughts on “What Puts Readers Off Self-Published Books?

  1. cindy b

    I will buy self-published books unless I know (personally or by reputation) the author and the quality of their work (i.e.: they pub their book without anyone doing editing on it before it ‘hits the shelves.’ I’ve read works that were really bad, and they refuse to take suggestions. Those, I refuse to buy. Otherwise, I have no issues. I do hope, when I get mine completed and I tackle self publishing, that other readers share the same view and give mine a shot.

  2. nobleexpressions Post author

    I’m the same way, Cindy. I take full advantage of Amazon’s Look Inside feature, too. It’s not that I’m a grammar snob, but there are so many books, so many good books out there, and so little time. I cannot afford to waste money or time on a poorly written book. I’ve been really disappointed a few times–came across what sounded like a great plot, only to find I couldn’t get past the first chapter due to grammar and craft errors. But I’m an author and an editor, so I have to wonder if the “average reader” feels the same way/has the same problem?


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