Readers need not apply
Not every reader, that is.
Unless your novel is a public service announcement, then it is probably true that NOT everyone should read it.
You don’t write for everybody. Do you?
There are many reasons that some people shouldn’t read my debut novel: Josephine – Red Dirt & Whiskey. And, I try to be open and honest about those reasons:
1) Lots of cussing
2) Lots of sex
3) Lots of drinking
4) References suicide
5) Deals with “heavy” issues such as infidelity and hypocrisy
I tell readers that it is most certainly for a mature audience only.
Some other authors also say that if you like certain books/writers, then you will probably like their writing. This gives potential readers something to gauge their interest with.
A great example
Lorna Suzuki, author of the Imago Fantasy series, tells her Twitter followers “Please don’t buy my novels until you read free sample chapters 1st! It’s not the traditional epic fantasy, so it mite not b your cup of tea.”
How’s that for honest?
All readers who use Amazon and Smashwords can access samples of the book before downloading. And, of course, we know how important the back cover and first few pages of a book are for the readers to make up their minds.
These are great things, but why…
I want my readers to trust me. I want potential readers to trust me. I even want people who are not my readers to trust me (they could still be connected with me through social media: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and through this blog). And, if I’m honest and upfront in acknowledging that my books and my writing style may be offensive to some readers, then I don’t feel like I’ve tricked anyone into buying a book.