Would you BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge – Dan Taylor is Giving Up On Women by Neal Doran

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

Here goes… this week my category is LAD LIT

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Did you even know this category existed?

This caught my eye because is basically CHICK LIT for men but I think women will enjoy it just at much and it looks fun

Book Price; £3.60 is pretty high for a competitive kindle price

Book Description

Dan Taylor is Giving Up on Women is witty, warm-hearted and achingly real. Neal Doran has created a love story for our times that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with Dan Taylor. I loved it!’ – Miranda Dickinson, bestselling author of Take a Look at Me Now and I’ll Take New York

Perpetually single Dan Taylor is so terrible at meeting women his own mother suspects he might be gay. So best friends — and smug married couple — Hannah and Rob insist he needs some serious man management. Taking matters into their own hands, they decide to make him their ‘Project’ and set to work on finding him a girlfriend — one that might actually stick around long enough to meet his mother.

A new wardrobe, a better haircut and a slick online profile later and an unwitting Dan is ready to be launched on the London dating scene. But miracles don’t just happen, and when he does achieve some success with women, it’s not in the way anyone expected.

Number of pages; 268

Reviews; A mix of 37 reviews, 22 of them 5* on Amazon.co.uk, had time to skim a couple and they said it was funny.

Would I BUY or PASS?…….PASS


Did that shock you? I like the sound of the book, I like fun books, the reviews make it sound good too, I liked the book description, but for me the price was key. The author may not have much say on price it looks like its from it got a Carina backing. If I saw it again on a price deal I would probably buy it. This book has the potential to grab the chicklit readers and younger male readers in their 20’s and early 30’s, so a double market potential.


22 thoughts on “Would you BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge – Dan Taylor is Giving Up On Women by Neal Doran

  1. I wonder how many men this sort of book appeals to? I tend to think about this genre (what I call ‘bloke lit’!) is read by as many women as men; the cover is certainly more women orientated, I’d say! I love the term ‘lad lit’, but on Amazon it’s full of action adventure books! I’d pass, too – if it’s Carina published it’s probably very mass market orientated and perhaps not as good as, say, Ben Adams. The blurb sounds ghastly, like every chick lit cliche!


  2. I’d no idea there was a lad lit category! This one doesn’t really appeal to me and the price is high for a 268 page book. I often wonder who decides on the price for Kindle books.


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  4. As I’m not a fan of chicklit if this is equally light-weight it’s probably not for me and at that price I’m not tempted to give it a chance to woo me I’m afraid.


  5. If it’d been priced more competitively I;d have given it a chance. I like rom coms and bromance novels – I enjoyed Nick Spalding’s debut, although I thought it was a bit gross in parts. Fun cover but weighing in a bit light at 268 pages for that download price. Or, maybe, we’re just pricing ourselves too cheaply!!


  6. I try not to make decisions based solely on price but would have to agree here.

    The problem is that it’s probably priced realistically from a publisher’s standpoint. After all, they’ve had to fork out money for editing, setup, cover art, etc. I’m guessing that this price represents the finest-shaved payoff they can come up with. With price pressure from readers who can click over to much-cheaper (or even free) self-pubs, it’s a problem that the industry will have to solve.


  7. Never heard of lad lit – I like Terry’s bloke lit, but here it would be called maaaan lit! The price is a turnoff but the premise of the story is stale – has been done many times.


  8. I don’t know. This may sound very stereotypical but ‘do real men read male chick lit?’ I tend to think more women would read it than men. 🙂


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  10. Sometimes if I’m a bit curious, I get the free sample. Sometimes reading a few pages helps tell me if I want to commit to the full book or not.


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