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Re: The Stone Road Ranked 5th on Amazon Bestsellers in the obscure category of:

Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Asian

Thank you to anyone and everyone who bought it - or still intends too :)

November 15, 2013, 06:30:56 PM
Re: Should I continue The Road by Cormac McCarthy? If you don't like it, don't read it - we all have different tastes. Some work and some don't.

Now, I loved the The Road! It is short, and, yes, grim. There is little, or no, humour in the book but the relationship between 'father' and 'son' is done well. There are also some scenes I had to read twice just to make sure what I thought was happening, was... and it was but my natural inclination was to recoil from them (if you've read the cooking over the fire one you'll know what I mean).

At the end, I had to go and give my son (5 at the time) a cuddle.

August 26, 2014, 02:49:23 PM
Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.

I was at the SRFC too!

April 12, 2015, 07:48:55 PM
Re: Rating Books Based on Price Rating a book based only on price is the height, the very pinnacle, the summit of Everest, of stupidity.

1. If it is too expensive, don't buy it.
2. If you did buy it, rate the book in its entirety - price can be a part of this, but not the whole of this.
3. Unless they are self-pub, the author doesn't control the price so who are the reviewers trying to hurt, and who suffers through the collateral damage of their friendly fire.

The Vagrant - a good book. I'm reading it now, in hardback, bought at a shop, signed (and doodled) by the author (a man that doesn't like to leave a good party).

April 27, 2015, 06:39:52 PM
Re: Self Published Books - Do you read them? I do read Self-pub'd books, and I write them.

I have found some really excellent self-pub'd books and some that are not so good. Mark Lawrence's SPFBO (find it on twitter or facebook, or his blog) has been an excellent way for authors to get their books looked at by respected bloggers/reviewers. Not every site gave scores, or reviewed them, but some did.

If you look at Bookwormblues.net, you'll find some of the good books getting good reviews.

Of the 25 she tackled, 9 achieved 4 stars meaning, if nothing else, they were enjoyable stories and well-written.

My next step, when buying a book that isn't from a recommendation (or the Works 3 for £5!), is to use Amazon's look inside feature a lot more :)

August 07, 2015, 02:28:52 PM
Re: Self Published Books - Do you read them?
Tell me about it. In the last 4-5 days I wrote to a total 350-400 bloggers and reviewers (I'm not exaggerating). So far only 15 of them have asked me to give them my book. And unlike most indies, I'm already published abroad, professionally translated, edited, with successful CF campaign, etc, etc. It's insane! I completely understand it of course, their TBR piles must be higher than my house, but yeah - it's hard

15 is a good return, I think. I seem to remember someone, might have been Michael J Sullivan, saying that a 1 - 3% return rate was about expected. Marketing is not something I am particularly expert at and I haven't done much of it.

I don't really see how this is easier. How am I, as a writer, supposed to get to your circle of friends? And if I sell so much that a lot of people know about me (your friends included), then that pretty much means that I've already reached my goal.

I think this comes down to social media, to forums (like this one), to being involved, but what I really meant was that my friends were talking about books they had read (not pimping mine to everyone - though they are free to do so. I wouldn't dream of stopping them!).

Giving books away is nice way to have people to talk about your book. Random giveaways, the Goodreads one for example, get your book and name out there, but books given through conversation are a much better means of eliciting warm thoughts.

Wait, the SPFBO is over right? It isn't still going? Sorry, as a foreigner I tend to miss a lot of these things... it's hard doing everything on two languages at the same time, including just staying up to date with such events.

I find just keeping up in one language hard enough :) It is still going... we await the results of the final few winners from the bloggers. It has been a good way to meet other authors and form some links - networking etc (which as an Introvert I am truly terrible at - humour is my defence :) )

And what Bea said - she explained it much better than I :)

Establishing and succeeding is a long road, not a quick race. Which is just as well, I am not fit any more so I can walk and not run down it.

My 500 posts comment was jokey  ;D but I'm more likely to pick a book if I see an author post here but not if he or she just post's in the Small Press & Self-Published

Saraband, G_R_Matthews, YordanZh I see that you post in different area's of the forum where I can see your humour and other stuff come shinning through and see that you are active and part of the community here, so I'm more likely to pick you novels up then just a guy who posts only in Small Press & Self-Published

Oh, I totally agree.

August 09, 2015, 06:05:48 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? The Long Mars by Pratchett and Baxter...

I know not everyone has liked them so far, but the concept is interesting and well, it is Pratchett :)

August 11, 2015, 04:20:06 PM
Re: Do you review? Everything I am reading here, on facebook and reddit suggests that Goodreads is one folks visit, rate and review on the most.

August 20, 2015, 06:36:38 PM
Re: Do you review?
Re reviewing books that are not out yet...

I just got my first review for the book I've got coming out in October. A reviewer read an ARC and left a nice review. I know others are reading ARCs now and will probably review before it's release. If you stop people posting reviews before the book's release, then that avenue of advance publicity etc is then lost. Some people abuse it, but that's the same with everything.

ARCs = no problem

It is the 4,00 reviews for books that are not finished yet I find irritating.

August 21, 2015, 08:33:46 PM
Re: Do you review? That was a interesting discussion and thanks to everyone who contributed to it! I loved reading all those different views.

I condensed the views into this this Blog Post called "One Review to Rule them all!"

August 25, 2015, 06:38:44 PM