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Thread: [Promotion] Author Resources Database (formerly Indicated)

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    matushka at large matdonna's Avatar
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    [Promotion] Author Resources Database (formerly Indicated)

    http://www.indicated.com.au

    Not sure exactly how this site is supposed to work, but it appears to have been started up by an Australian self-published author. I could pick at some errors on the site, but I am basically just irritated that the author posted the link on my Canadian SF & Fantasy Facebook group, which is against the group guidelines-- authors, self-published or traditionally-published, are welcome to post about their own SF work there, but I do not tolerate anyone trying to make money off those authors by offering various promotional services and the like.

    Anyway, there's the link to the website if anyone else knows anything about it or has any comments to make about the merits or lack thereof of this site or in general about sites of this kind.
    http://raftersscriptorium.blogspot.com/


    The Ravens of Farne, picture book, Conciliar Press Feb 2010

    Bearing the Saint, YA historical, Conciliar Press June 2010

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    Members pay for the privilege of buying and reviewing each others' books. To have their own book "spotlighted" and eligible for review, they must either write four reviews (min. 100 words, book purchase required), or write two reviews and "support" two others (e.g., promote it on their blog, or get a library to stock it).

    I can see no way this plan can fail.
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    Reviews are a promotional tool that inform potential readers whether a book will be enjoyable, they help boost sales, provide more exposure and promote an author’s novel to a wider range of readers.
    http://www.indicated.com.au/index.ph...18&Itemid=1173
    It depends who writes the reviews, and if potential readers can find the reviews in the first place. Glowing reviews by self-pubbed/small press authors for each other's work are automatically suspect, in my opinion.

    Also, many libraries won't accept POD books even as a gift - they know few people will check them out and the books themselves often won't stand up to the wear and tear of shelf life.
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    Has yet to Spotlight anything.
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    Is now Author Resources Database*, same URL.

    *Most frequent spelling. Is Author Resource Database on the masthead, and Authors Resource Database per the copyright notice.
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