on Jane Friedman site:
This is the one. This is the book that will help me help me solve my problem, get what I want, feel less alone, gain the advantage I need. This is the book that will help me finally do the thing.
When readers dive into a prescriptive nonfiction book, they have high hopes—and a healthy dose of skepticism. Will this book deliver on its promise? Will this work for me? Does this author know what they’re talking about?
As readers learn new concepts, gain knowledge, and consider acting on the author’s advice, doubts can grow into objections.
I don’t think this author gets it—or me. These ideas are outdated. This approach is not doable.
And when unaddressed doubts and objections stack up, they can become spoken criticisms of the book and the author.
“This book is a total disappointment. The author is out of touch. I’m better off using Google to get the answers I need.”
Ouch. So what happened to the readers’ hopes?