This week's topic: Book Turn-Offs.
1. Didn’t grab my attention.
It didn’t grab my attention in 50 pages or lease. Not a strict guideline, but I figure if my interest has not been peaked even a little by then, I do not have high hopes that it will ever grab my interest and be the longest book I’ve read. Not worth finishing under those circumstances.
2. Book description inaccurate.
If a book description does not indicate erotic or steamy romantic scenes, and I surprisingly get to one in the book, this can turn me off. Describe well what you have written.
3. Suspect a typical ending or a premature ending.
You can see it coming from page 1. No intrigue, twist, or variation through the story. You are headed down a straight path. You think, should I continue or DNF the book. You still have 50 or so pages and the mystery or crime has wrapped up. Really?
4. Cheesy cover and title.
This one I didn’t even get to page 1. A cheesy cover. I think a cover and title included, are what sells your book first and foremost. It is then from this attraction that a reader will then read your book description (see #2 above). Spend some time to get a cover that is fitting.
5. Read this before?
Reading a book that seriously mimics ideas and plot lines from other books. Be different. Even though I read cozy mysteries a lot, and they are basically plotted the same, there is enough variation with the crime and characters that can make them different.
What are your book turn-offs?