Julian Black said:I do look at Amazon reviews, but I only take them seriously if they say something of substance about the book (or CD). It has to be obvious that the reviewer actually read the book in question, and has intelligent things to say about it.
pasoroblan2003 said:And if we find nice things to say and leave out the negative, so what? At least we were all being kind. I'm not leading anyone astray by writing a review based on what I liked about a book.
WhisperingBard said:Congrats, JD! Many blessings to you both!
I'm thinking about asking for a chauffeured limousine, myself.
Sparhawk said:I never expected to become Stephen King with on POD publication. THis was only the first step on a very large ladder. IT gave me some exposure and some local press (3 newspaper articles and an interview).
I freely confess that for a few short weeks I felt some pride when my two books came in and I saw my name on the cover and my picture on the back cover. Yes I was proud of myself for steeing out to do something and accomplishing it.
I have discovered the hard way like so many here, that PA is not the golden goose they appeared to be originally, yet neither are they the dark literary dragon waiting to consume the ignorant writer. They make money by pedaling a dream to amatuer writers like myself and provide the first step on a multi rung ladder.
I do admit to wanting to have a big publisher behind me, that is my goal, I have no qualms about admitting that. PA will not get me where I want to be unless I quit my job be less of a Father to my kids and spend more time promoting myself and my book.
My ordinary response to that might be:My name is Greg and I have a book published through Publish America entitled HYBRID.
Please don't take this the wrong way, but they would have given you the same chance if you'd submitted a collection of bathroom stall poetry. PA prints books. So does Kinkos. Kinkos will give you the exact same chance as PA. Better, in fact, because you can set a lower price and won't have your book locked up in an ugly contract for seven years.Sparhawk said:BUt they gave me a chance so I cannot fault them too harshly.
Good stuff, and congrats on book two. If your contract obligates you to offer them your second book, there are two ways out.I have finished my second novel 407 pages, and I will confess that I am hesitant to send it back to PA.
Excellent. I'll make you a promise in public. If you can get out of your PA contract and get a real publisher to stock it on the shelves of my local book store, I'll buy it. In hardcover, if possible. A Science Fiction book by someone named Greg B? That's worth a chance.I feel that HYBRID is a good read (Unless everybody is lying to me) and I stand behind my work enough to put it up to criticism.
Sparhawk said:I freely admit to being excited when my manuscript was accepted and actually published. I also confess to beleiving that PA would help me market my book once it wa fianlly out there to be purchased. I also admit that I was floored when I saw the price of my book and confess that I wouldn't have paid the $24.95 they were asking for it...I asked PA why the price was so high and never got a statisfactory answer.
I freely admit that I expected alot more from PA than I received in way of marketing support and have been disappointed in that particuilar venue.
I had to work like a dog to get teh Manager at Barnes and Noble to allow me to participate at their book events.
I gave eth PR flack a free copy of my book to read and review I gave her copies of the reviews submitted by people who read the book (NONE OF THEM ARE PA AUTHORS)
I never expected to become Stephen King with on POD publication. THis was only the first step on a very large ladder.
I have finished my second novel 407 pages, and I will confess that I am hesitant to send it back to PA. I would like to see my book in bookstores without me having to promote myself.
I work 65 hours a week and have an autistic 3 year old plus two teenagers, my freetime is spent writing. IT is my sanity and my escape.
Could they be a little more forthcoming in their contracts and promotions, YES. BUt they gave me a chance so I cannot fault them too harshly.
I do admit to wanting to have a big publisher behind me, that is my goal, I have no qualms about admitting that.
I don't believe that is dishonest at all.
KellyS. said:But did it resonate with you?
James D. Macdonald said:Hi, Julian. I feel like I ought to know you from somewhere.
So I guess I just don't understand where this dishonesty issue comes from. When I don't like a book, I don't review it.
It seemed only polite to write reviews for one another. And if we find nice things to say and leave out the negative, so what?
James D. Macdonald said:That's another reason why the Amazon Slammer is slime. No one will see those bogus "reviews" except the author. And what's the point? To hurt the author's feelings? What a jerk.