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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2014 20:55:54 BDT
G.JOHN says:
Dear Tom,
If you read the book you will read a story of how the author struggled to extract a jam jar!
Best regards

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2014 07:57:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Aug 2014 08:33:07 BDT
TomC says:
Dr John,

It's fair to say that if you are not getting the sales you want, it's because people don't want the product. More desperate spamming will not make them want it.

Why don't you print out your book and insert it into a region from which only a qualified proctologist like yourself can extract it? It will be quite at home there.

I'm reporting your posts for breach of Amazon rules.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2014 18:43:15 BDT
Anita says:
Hiya, I Readalot. I'm sure you do not understand a thing about books, and neither do I. A very good motive to try reading only what other *realiable* people recommend us to, skipping the self/vanity-published masterpieces. Of which we have tried a hundred or two with extremely sad results, but don't tell anybody.

Also I've seen the good doctor before, and I'm sure so have you, so my wish to read good books as opposed to his isn't completely ungrounded

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2014 18:00:35 BDT
I Readalot says:
Hi Anita, just browsing. On here while watching a Star Trek marathon on TV. The idiots are still trying I see. I don't get the being an author is a talent comment either, being able to write well is but in this day and age being an author appears to require non at all. But then what do I, a mere reader and bookseller understand about such things.

Back to Star Trek and stories written by the truly talented.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2014 06:47:44 BDT
G.JOHN says:
Your Lives In Our Hands: Based on true stories from a retired hospital doctor
Judging a book with out reading it is unfair!
Stories of human experiences are some times humorous, sometimes educational and sometimes quite sad.
This book is a collection of true incidents that a Surgical trainee had come across. 'Compelling reading' according to those who read the book!
Best regards.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 23:16:19 BDT
Anita says:
No, thank you. I'm not an author, so I try to read only good books

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 22:02:47 BDT
G.JOHN says:
Your Lives In Our Hands: Based on true stories from a retired hospital doctor
I agree with you whole heartedly. Why not? Congratulations on publishing the book.
You may want to read this collection of captivating short stories written by a retired hospital doctor based on true stories. There is subtle humour, and there are tales of gladness and sadness, all in appropriate doses.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 21:56:23 BDT
G.JOHN says:
Your Lives In Our Hands: Based on true stories from a retired hospital doctor
It is a good idea. All authors in these forums should read each other's book. Now as a beginning, why not read this collection of short stories this week end?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 16:07:20 BDT
Anita says:
Sort of late on the boat, eh?

Well, your position has virtually killed this forum, also fiction, thriller, others. When you have ten thousand geniuses all screaming: please, read my book!! at the top of their lungs, you'd rather switch off and go to a cinema. Or a book shop.

I'd suggest you - and all the self-pluggers - buy and read each other's books and leave genuine readers asking for genuine suggestions alone

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 16:03:25 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2014 15:59:39 BDT
sylvia armer says:
To be an author is a talent, if you have it flaunt it or you may never get noticed. Spread it around for all to see. .I can never understand these sort of people who can`t seem to stand it when someone talented advertises it Maybe all book writers should have hidden their talents under a bushel and maybe they wouldn`t have got anywhere.
By the way I have just had a book published and it will be up in the next few days...I am proud of the fact and will say so here on AMAZON

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 17:25:04 BDT
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Big jim says:
I flew B24 Liberator night bombers in WW2. If you want to know what the young men were really like who flew bombers and had only a 50% chance of survival, read my book RAF LIBERATOR OVER THE EASTERN FRONT. And if you want to know about the Cold war that looks like starting up again, read my book THE SECRET BETRAYAL OF BRITAIN'S WARTIME ALLIES subtitled the appeasement of Stalin and its postwar consequences. History is about to repeat itself. This time we face Putin in place of Hitler and international terrorists instead of his allies. I am Jim Auton MBE. I don't need to write for a living. I write because I want to share my own experiences with you. Look for my books on Amazon. They are published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 16:53:47 BDT
Big jim says:
Here's a plug for my book RAF LIBERATOR OVER THE EASTERN FRONT and another one THE SECRET BETRAYAL OF BRITAIN'S WARTIME ALLIES. If you read the first page I guarantee you will not be able to put the books down. You can find them on Amazon. I am Jim Auton MBE.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2014 13:57:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 May 2014 13:25:19 BDT
G.JOHN says:
Your Lives In Our Hands: Based on true stories from a retired hospital doctorI agree with you totally. I know an author who was asked 8000/- by a publisher to publish the book after telling him that the book ('Your Lives in our hands' )was 'an excellent piece of work, narrating a kaleidoscopic variety of stories the author came across as a Surgical trainee'. The retired doctor (who had never done private practice) decided to self publish in Amazon. Can you blame him?
The book is a fabulous book worth reading.

Posted on 21 May 2014 17:38:54 BDT
Mr. Mm Lobas says:
You could issue a press release at http://www.pressat.co.uk or somewhere similar. If its good I imagine the newspapers would pick it up at some point.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2013 04:09:30 BDT
B. R. Smith says:
I'm glad to hear it. If that's the way it evolved then it's a shame, but hardly a surprise; there are always people who seem to test things to the limit. Never mind. Best to ignore anyone who is simply using the site to flog their own wares. I think we are all quite capable of making our own minds up about what to read (or not).
And for anyone who may check the times of posts, I haven't just returned from some party; I tend to work better when the house is quiet, with no distractions.
How about someone giving their thoughts on the curious affair of the 'Robert Galbraith' book, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 21:29:05 BDT
Marand says:
There was give and take at one time but then the authors started to do too much taking to the extent that the forums were deluged with promotional posts. At that point Amazon took action so that the main forums remained what they had always been called, i.e. 'Customer Discussions' to use Amazon's term. A surprising number of people on this forum have written novels or stories - some of those authors oppose the spammers who ignore the rules. They don't post links to their books or otherwise promote them but if you check out their profiles you may come across the name of their books. They also engage in discussion rather than posting nothing but repetitive fly-by promos.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 21:18:36 BDT
B. R. Smith says:
Ah, thanks for that. I've only just found out what a troll is, what with all this dreadful Twitter business aimed at the likes of poor Mary Beard. I mean, people just get themselves in such a tizzy over nothing.
Anyway, back to the matter in hand...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 19:48:16 BDT
I Readalot says:
There have been plenty of them, in this the bio forum also in thriller, romance, fiction, all of them really. Fortunately Amazon delete quite a lot so many are no longer visible. A spammer is one who spams in internet discussions, as in people who consistently self-promote where they are not wanted or allowed, a very common word online, like troll.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 18:55:18 BDT
B. R. Smith says:
There is no doubt that I am wrong about the rules 'obviously', but my point --- emolliently put, though that seems to have been lost on you --- is that there is no point in becoming so obsessive about a rulebook that it actually causes one to write words in capitals for emphasis. I merely speak in defence of a more languid way of looking at the world.
And what on earth's a 'spammer'?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 18:40:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2013 18:41:56 BDT
B. R. Smith says:
Certainly there is a difference. However, I have not yet seen anyone posting such a blatant puff as your example, and if they did so, of course it would be wrong. One wouldn't dream of doing it at a party or in one's local pub, so why do it here? It would be rather pushy and a little boring. I was merely making the point for those who do not know, that writing is a lonely game and there must be a temptation to mention it en passant.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 18:01:41 BDT
I Readalot says:
There is a difference between saying 'I have written a book'(giving no details) during a post which engages with the discussion and someone saying 'read my book, (title), I have got loads of 5* reviews' and leaving a link to said book. As for 'how many people posting here have actually written anything', these threads are not for writers but for readers (or writers with their readers hat on) and whether or not someone has written a book is irrelevant. Incidentally, there are a lot of authors here who I didn't know were authors for a long time and only found out because someone else mentioned one of their books.

Posted on 4 Aug 2013 17:07:04 BDT
B. R. Smith says:
If a first time writer happens to mention that he / she has written a book, surely that cannot be called 'self-promoting'? I know rules are rules and all that, but how about a little give-and-take? How many people posting here have actually written anything, and if they have, how long do you think they've managed to keep quiet about it?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 17:04:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2013 17:04:40 BDT
I Readalot says:
And you have obviously missed the same point. Anyway if our pointing out a particular rule is moaning then you could be considered to be moaning about our moaning! Just accept that you are wrong in this case and we are right, all you need to do is check Amazon's rules.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 16:52:43 BDT
B. R. Smith says:
Rill,

You are right. But don't forget that moaning is, in fact, a national pastime.
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