Reader’s Opinion: Yes, we are judging your book based on form, not function

Writerly Rant #84

Author Matt Bowes and the Dog's Breakfast

First off, the following reviews I selected at from books picked at random. I did not read the books. I do not know if they have the errors or problems indicated. My purpose here isn’t to shame those authors or attack their work, it’s to point out what the fickle public is going to do to your book when you release it into the wild. They will savage it if they detect weakness. Read on:

Amazon review from Brian Harmon’s Rushed (Rushed Book 1):

FlashKnickers says:

Totally agreed. OVERLY LONG descriptions of everything, endless chase scenes (also overdetailed and dragged out). Too many typos, non-existent editing–how can you use the word “ghastly” in two consecutive sentences?–and honestly, would someone who died in the 1970s be using “LOL” and saying things are awesome, super-this and super-that? I found myself skipping ahead just to get through scenes that took 10 pages to…

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4 replies

  1. Thanks for the reblog. I hope my post is encouraging to others. I think if people do it right, they may be rewarded. At least, they won’t be punished for having good grammar.

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