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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 20:16:42 BDT
TomC says:
"I mean if you post something about "A Book" you automatically presume it is self promo, if you clarify it is not self promo you are called a liar"

But your posts on this thread, raving about your own book, WERE self-promotion. You actually admitted as much. As a spammer yourself, your opinion hardly counts for much, does it?

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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 20:46:21 BDT
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Posted on 14 Jul 2013 21:17:49 BDT
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I Readalot says:
The strange thing about this thread is that it was started in 2010 then after a while it died a natural death. After quite a long period of internment it was resurrected by someone who wanted to promote their own book. Ever since that time that is just about all it has been used for, in spite of numerous posts telling them it is not allowed here. Posters are inclined to get rather tetchy when it becomes apparent that a) spammers don't even have the courtesy to read previous posts or b) they read them but don't think that the rules apply to them, especially when someone spams immediately after a post saying 'don't do it' in reply to the previous post. It is really a waste of time making suggestions to the OP anyway they have long gone, maybe got fed up with all the spam, who knows?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 21:33:52 BDT
Anita says:
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

(Just trying to find out if there are any exclamation marks left in this world, or you used up them all)

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 11:00:41 BDT
Joan says:
How do I stop tracking this discussion.? Doesn't seem to be any way on my computer.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 12:53:28 BDT
Hi Tom C, As an author and biographer, I can tell you that Amazon blocked authors from doing this about 2 years ago. Usually now, when there are few posts, they are people who have read to review the book for their publication, and it wasn't published -- or in my case -- some pretty silly people who want to take out their prejudices on someone who doesn't have any (me). Susan R.

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 13:01:38 BDT
GETTING AWAY FROM CELEB BIOS: As an author and biographer (don't worry Tom C, won't promote my stuff) facing the prejudices of publishers time and again, I can say that for the past 7 years, if it isn't a CELEB BIO, publishers are reluctant to pay you a living wage or advance, which is how we earn our crust of bread. They want BIG SALES, and for this reason you have already found, and will continue to find (unless you stop buying CELEB BIOS) that the market is really scarce in quality bios about people -- and perhaps events -- that you'd like to find out more about. GREAT BIOS I would highly recommend are:

The Fishing Fleet (Anne de Courcy) -- about women who went out to India prior to WWII to find husbands. It's pretty incredible.

A Distant Mirror (Barbara W. Tuchman) -- about a group of ruling families in England and France in the Middle Ages. Sounds boring? I promise, it's un-put-down-able.

Guns of August (Barbara W. Tuchman, again) -- won the Pulitzer Prize and it takes you through the people behind the events that led to the first month of the First World War.

Conan Doyle (Andrew Lycett) -- amazing insight behind the man who created Sherlock Holmes setting him in the context of his times. Lycett makes a speciality of biographies about British authors.

Blinker Hall Spymaster (David Ramsay) -- a breathtaking biography about the man who was determined to get the USA into World War I, and succeeded.

That's all for now, if you have other types of bios you might like to look at, just let me know.

Susan R

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 13:41:49 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Assuming that your PC works the same as mine, there should be a box in the top right hand corner of your screen entitled "This Discussion", giving details of number of participants etc. There should be a yellow "button" within that box marked "Stop Tracking This Discussion"; just hit this button and that should do the trick.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 15:42:45 BDT
Joan says:
Thank you sou-wester - done this so bye for now.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 16:08:36 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 16:51:43 BDT
Anita says:
Just doing my best to be polite. Self-promote wherever you want, just please, leave alone those several places where you are not allowed to by the owners. Like many readers here I do not want to wade through hundreds of self-promotional posts. You have the whole Meet Our Authors forum for that.

If people want to eat, there are lots of ways to earn money. What you call a struggling artist, I may call a wannabe scribbler. I have checked out quite a lot of "look insides" of self-published books. To call them rubbish is yet very polite.

So yes, any self-promotion where it is not allowed and not wanted, is spam and will be treated as such

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 18:29:42 BDT
I Readalot says:
But the fact remains that self-promo is only allowed in the MOA. Most authors stick to the rules and those that don't are doing a disservice to their fellow authors.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2013 19:53:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jul 2013 19:56:51 BDT
Marand says:
Sorry but there is nothing obnoxious about telling the spammers to post in the right forum. Most forums have rules about advertising so it shouldn't be a surprise that there might be posting guidelines. Anyone with any sense would read those and have a quick look around the forum at which point the rules, having been explained as nauseam, should be perfectly clear. Yet the spammers continue to promote. Those who ignore the rules disrespect everyone else so why should they expect to be respected? Not that I think Tom C's post was disrespectful in any way.

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Posted on 23 Jul 2013 20:46:07 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2013 21:12:19 BDT
TomC says:
Barry Glanfield

Please do not use these discussion forums to promote your own book. It is both unwelcome and against Amazon rules. From the "Important Announcement from Amazon":

"With the advent of the new (`Meet Our Authors') community, we will no longer allow self-promotional posts in other communities.

Starting on December 15, 2011, all "shameless self-promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community."

Put your spam in the "Meet Our Authors" forum. That's what it's for.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/meet%20our%20authors

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2013 22:40:09 BDT
I Readalot says:
Barry, suggest you actually READ discussions before posting. If you had read the last couple of pages of this one you would have known beyond a shadow of any doubt that what you have done is not allowed.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2013 19:07:14 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2013 21:55:54 BDT
TomC says:
Alan Morton

Please do not use these discussion forums to promote your own book. It is both unwelcome and against Amazon rules. From the "Important Announcement from Amazon":

"With the advent of the new (`Meet Our Authors') community, we will no longer allow self-promotional posts in other communities.

Starting on December 15, 2011, all "shameless self-promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community."

Put your spam in the "Meet Our Authors" forum. That's what it's for.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/meet%20our%20authors

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2013 14:50:27 BDT
Spam is a product you eat.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2013 14:55:03 BDT
FYI, did you see me mention my books in these two posts! So please address your remarks to those people who ARE self-promoting. Not to me.
It would be much appreciated. I was voicing an opinion not promoting MY books. I suppose that's also banned. Free speech is alive and well here. NOT.
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