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Monday, September 26, 2022

Five Mistakes Authors Make That Cause Readers to Lose Interest in a Book

    I hate it when I’m deeply engrossed in a book, and then a typo throws me off, or when the book might contain too much profanity, for example. An author could’ve written a 5-star book up to a point, but one mishap may cause an author to lose credibility with the audience. There are essentials five things that can potentially turn readers off and kill the momentum of book sales.

 A Book That Contains Typos and Grammatical Errors.

    A book can have a great-looking book cover and enthralling plot, but if it contains too many typos and grammatical errors, most people won’t even finish reading it. A handful of mistakes is one thing, but there shouldn’t be grammatical errors on every other page. Your proofreading and editing has to damn near be flawless―imagine if your book was ninety-nine percent error free? And let’s say that your book is forty thousand pages long. One percent of forty thousand is four hundred, and a book with forty thousand words is roughly one hundred fifty pages long. So, four hundred errors throughout a one hundred fifty-page book has on average between two and three typos or grammatical mistakes on every page. I wouldn’t continue to read a book like that, and you probably wouldn’t, either. It definitely pays to hire a proofreader if you can’t do it yourself, and the money invested in this service is money well spent.


An Author Who Has an Inflated Ego.

    Creating an author page on Amazon is an important step in achieving success as an author. I try to keep things simple by telling my audience a few tidbits about myself without giving too much information. I don’t believe in listing all of my accomplishments like I’m displaying a resume on my Amazon author page because the aim is to sell my books, not brag about how talented a writer I am. I’m also not trying to turn off my potential customers before they even have the opportunity to read one of my novels.

 A Bad-Looking Book Cover That’s Displayed on Amazon.

    Unfortunately, people do judge a book by its cover. I know I do, so it’s imperative that an author displays a book cover that’s aesthetically pleasing on Amazon to attract readership. You as an author will potentially thwart book sales in the long run if you don’t spent part of your advertising budget on a good freelance graphic designer. There are freelancers on Fiverr who will create a great-looking book cover for only $50 - $100.

The Book That Has a Dull Plot.

    This is self-explanatory. No one wants to read a boring plot, so you have to take the time to outline and research key details that a reader may find interesting. If your genre is crime fiction, you can research some facts on bank robberies in the Midwest or the LA gang culture, for example, in order to give your storyline more authenticity and substance. Your goal is for readers to be so engrossed in your plot that they can’t put the book down.

 A Book That Has Excessive Profanity and Sexuality.

    Lastly, authors can drastically narrow their audience by writing a book that contains too much profanity and sexually explicit content. When I first started writing fiction, I tried to emulate the style of other authors in my genre by using excessive profanity and graphic sex scenes in my books. I took a hiatus from writing in 2016 because I realized that writing novels that exhibited this kind of vulgarity wasn’t who I was, so I had to change my entire format in terms of cleaning up the language in my stories. I ultimately went from R-rated to rated PG-13, and in turn, my audience has grown substantially.

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    In conclusion, if writers can avoid these five pitfalls in writing, the sky is the limit as far as becoming a bestselling author in their respective genres. I’m sure that there are other pitfalls in writing less common that can spoil a novel for the vast majority of readers, but authors who essentially avoid the obstacles that destroy their reputation will increase their chances for a successful book marketing campaign.

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