While I'm sure there are some gems out there in the POD sea, the majority of the self-published books I've either read or flipped through suffer from the following problems:
- Little to no editing: If there are misspelled words or bad punctuation in the first few pages, I'm finished reading.
- Odd formating: If I turn to a random page and there are as many blank lines as there are of text, I'm not very motivated to read. Has the author ever flipped through another published book?
- Uninspired title and/or cover: I notice this particualarly in the Goodreads giveaways I never seem to win. CG or obviously photoshopped covers may be cheap and easy but they don't scream professional to me. If they spent little effort on the cover, what's the inside going to be like? On a positive note, one cover I've seen lately that does it right is Hildred Billing's Daisuke. It's very well-designed and makes me want to flip through it immediately.
- No padding required: Too many books put out by the big publishing houses seem to be padded to meet a specific length to me.
- Give me my damn money!: The author gets the lion's share of the pie. Seems only fitting considering he/she did the lion's share of the work.
- Complete and Total Freedom: Do I really have to explain this one?