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text 2016-06-04 15:04
Why Readers Stop Reading a Book

(reblogged from Ronovan Writes)

 

Recently, we here at LitWorldInterviews.com conducted a survey, “Why do you put a book down?” and through the assistance of the writing community we had a very nice response. Now it’s time to share what we found.

 

First, I want to say why the survey was conducted. We wanted to help writers by giving them the information they most need. If a reader takes the time to check out your book and don’t like it, they are unlikely to give you a second chance with your next work. First impressions mean a lot. 86.30% of those responding were Female, thus leaving the remaining 13.70% Male. Considering the majority of those reading novels are Female, although not quite this extreme, I’m comfortable with sharing what we found.

 

There were 34 sub-categories as a result of the survey. Those results were then placed into 5 main categories: Writing, Editing, Proofreading, Taste, and Other, with Writing providing the largest number of sub-categories and results. 68.49% of those responding noted some form of dissatisfaction with Writing as a reason for putting a book down. 26.03% gave Editing. 23.29% gave Proofreading. 17.81% was Taste. 2.74% was Other.

 

Let’s take a look at the Writing sub-categories first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Concerns of Readers Pie Chart

 

The above pie chart shows the concerns in descending order of greatest number of mentions. The story being Dull was the most frequently mentioned problem with 25.29% of the mentions of the Category. Followed by actual Bad Writing, then Dull or Unbelievable Characters, Info Dump, and uses of Profanity.

 

Let me speak about Profanity for a moment, this along with Gore, Violence, and Sex were all mentioned in the context of being included in the story for no apparent reason. Most of those who noted it as a concern stated they know these things occur in books, and even have a place, but the problem arose when the author was using them as obvious crutches in an attempt to hide poor writing and plot.

 

The subcategories of Writing Concerns as identified by readers are as follows in descending order: Dull, Bad Writing, Unbelievable Characters, Info Dump, Profanity, Over Describing, Violence, Weak Narrative, Confusing Beginning, Unexpected Sex, Gore, Weak Story, Bad Dialogue, Dashes, Racism, Poor Relationships, Head Hopping, Repetition, and Writing with Dialect Accents.

 

What does this tell us? The first thing that jumps out to me is that we as authors aren’t putting out books with stories that are capturing the attention of the reader. With a book done with professional intent behind it, a dull story should be the reason our books are not read. That’s right, we are not read because we just didn’t do a good job of telling our story. Maybe we didn’t have the right beta readers. Maybe they were too nice. Maybe they just went through the motions. Maybe they just aren’t that good at the task. Or maybe we should recognize our work isn’t that good. How about all of the above?

 

Read the rest of the article here.  

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photo 2016-06-01 23:07

"Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them." ~Flannery O'Connor

Source: www.tomgauld.com
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Yikes.

 

It really is sad how much horrible writing gets published... yet so many good writers I know can't get published.

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text 2015-09-23 01:25
What a disappointment
BSI: Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (An Enchanted Immortals Novella) - C.J. Pinard

I was so excited to get BSI for free on Amazon. I love "Supernatural Cop" stories, and this sounded right up my alley. Sadly, I was disappointed. The editing of the book is horrendous. It is filled with misused words, bad punctuation, and every other sort of editorial and writing mishap I can think of. It is curious that books this badly edited are still gaining five-star ratings? I see the author has several books out on the market, so possibly it is the "Gray" conundrum - a book or author is popular with a group and suddenly they can do no wrong? I would hate to think that readers these days are so inured to bad writing that they simply overlook the fact that books are poorly written and edited. That reflects poorly on readers and writers everywhere. I find it difficult to believe that writers simply don't care about the quality of their work, but I am sadly led to believe that this is the case based on clear evidence from the number of sloppy presentations I have been subjected to over the last months.

 

Oh, and BTW? Fingerprinting was being used in 1858. Sir William Herschel, the British Administrator in District of India, began requiring both fingerprints and signatures on contracts. In 1891 Juan Vucatich of the Argentinean Police Force began using fingerprints for identification of criminals. In 1892, Sir Francis Galton published the first book on fingerprint analysis, setting up a system that was known for the next century as "The Galton System." These are just a few of the highlights of the history of fingerprinting as a criminalistics tool. It wasn't something "New" in 1946. If you are going to write about technical issues, please do your research?

This book had potential, but to my great disappointment it was not realized and I finally gave up and DNF. I won't be reading any more of her books.

Source: soireadthisbooktoday.com
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text 2015-08-29 23:16
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors - Julia Scott
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors - Julia Scott

It's not like they lied, or I was deceived in any way. It's just that I mostly don't want to deliberately read bad writing, even if it is good for a giggle.

Library copy

 

 

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