Pages so cheap and thin they are transparent
That Wunderkind book sounds really interesting, can you tell me more about it?Publishing shit.
Trying to force a book into a particular, very specific genre so to make its marketing easier, even asking the writer to completely cut scenes that wouldn't appeal to the target demo. That is a extremely risky move, since if you market the book to the wrong demo, it won't sell.
Italian author Giuseppe D'Andrea wrote a horror/fantasy book called Wunderkind. In his intentions, it had to be a Lovecraft-inspired urban fantasy for adults. His editor was like: "Oh, the main character is a kid, so we'll market this thing to kids, and we'll break it into a trilogy". They published the first two books, but they sold so badly that they never printed the third one, that had just the digital edition (here publishers do that to books and writers they don't trust).
A writer I know told me that her editor was very anxious about the target of her last book: she wrote a love story between a female tourist who goes to spend her holidays in a small town, and the local doctor, with a dash of "village comedy", but her editor wanted to market it to teens because a minor character, a teenager, has a couple of scenes throughout the book.
They did exactly the same shit on Richard Morgan's latest book. Not even the cheap paperback edition, but the 1st edition hardback. The worst part? It's advertising the netflix series of Altered Carbon, which has nothing at all to to do with this new book.
I hate it with a passion ever since teenager me nearly paid real human money for Twilight.It irritates me when the back cover of a novel doesn't have any actual information about the book beyond a one-sentence blurb that gives the vaguest idea of the theme and the rest of the space is filled with contentless praise from reviewers nobody's ever heard of.