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Posted on 4 Jun 2012 17:26:51 BDT
Jees - well, I was about to plug my new book, but guess I shouldn't.

Anyone fancy reading my book and plugging it for me? Lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2012 18:28:15 BDT
chas author says:
Annie i totally agree with you and like your attitude. i have a book out there called "Kirsty, a fathers fight for justice" and find nothing crass in letting other people know what is out there that is mine.
most of us are one time authors and as such need to advertise our one off offering.
wrap up Ommony and tell us all about you great achievements in the literary world.
Is there something that you would like to tell us about Annie?

Charles W Pearce.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2012 09:11:43 BDT
TomC says:
"I was about to plug my new book, but guess I shouldn't."

Why guess about it? Read the "Important Announcement From Amazon" and you will be left in no doubt.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2012 11:47:10 BDT
Hey Tom, cheers. My comment was tongue-in-cheek, just the first post was very 'authors shouldnt be using this place as promotion.' Will go make myself know...

Posted on 6 Jun 2012 13:59:08 BDT
laila says:
How are new writers to get readers from the millions of books in bookshops without a little advertising.?

Posted on 6 Jun 2012 14:07:49 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
There's nothing wrong with advertising provided it's done appropriately. As far as Amazon forums are concerned, promoting is allowed within the "Meet Our Authors" forum, but to indulge on self-plugging elsewhere in these forums is not only rude and intrusive, it's also against Amazon's rules.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 14:12:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2012 14:19:50 BDT
Yes, there is something a bit 'tacky' about advertising your own book on here but then again it might just help to get it moving. There is a lot more to promoting your book than perhaps most will realise. It can be a long hard road without any guaranteed success. I have made several YouTube videos for my book and they are being ranked, some on the first page but it really has made little difference. I now accept that this is going to be harder than I first thought.

Posted on 8 Jun 2012 15:23:02 BDT
I've been 'guilty' of mentioning my own book, Whose Nest is it Anyway, on a forum, but how else do you promote it when you're a new, self-published author with no agent, no guidance and no experience? I hope I haven't exaggerated my own ability but I have repeated the feedback I've had from those readers who have told me how funny they found it but who haven't bothered to leave a review. I'm glad I've provided entertainment for people and I'd like to provide a lot more!

Posted on 8 Jun 2012 20:57:39 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2012 08:49:00 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Yet another example of someone inappropriately hi-jacking a discussion to to plug their own work. If this individual had bothered to look at the very first post in this discussion she would have seen that it was deploring the very type of advertising that they've seen fit to intrude with here. Self recommendation has little worth; if writers really must indulge in this sort of activity it is permissible within the "Meet Our Authors" forum, but elsewhere in these forums it is actually against Amazon rules to spam or self-plug.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 16:35:00 BDT
I agree with you Annie May, no one is going to tell me what I should or should not read simply because it is by someone self promoting their work.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 11:12:23 BDT
I Readalot says:
Sou'Wester - don't you sometimes feel as if you are banging your head against a brick wall? Do spammers ever bother to check Amazon Guidelines? It isn't exactly hard to do.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2012 16:03:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jun 2012 19:26:25 BDT
TomC says:
"Do spammers ever bother to check Amazon Guidelines?"

I think they believe that such rules are fine for the regulation of others, but that the urgency of their own needs gives them a special status which justifies their disregard of these rules.

Notice how when anyone criticises, the almost invariable response is along the lines of "how else can we be heard", or "I really need to promote my book"? They really do believe that their needs overrule all other considerations. Astonishing arrogance.

There is one solution of course: review their book. One annoyingly persistent and prolific spammer who was advertising an utterly putrid piece of trash had his 5 star review taken down to 2 stars within a few days. And don't forget to add it to the site too; it would be a pity if our cousins in the far larger American market were deprived of these critical insights, would it not?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2012 21:34:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2012 21:34:46 BDT
monica says:
Good idea. I think it's the urgent need for being recognised as having a special status that makes them publish the damned things, in fact.

Posted on 25 Jun 2012 13:14:01 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2012 13:44:37 BDT
TomC says:
"Forgive my naivety ..."

No. Stop spamming your garbage, or accept the consequences of having it reviewed.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2012 21:25:10 BDT
monica says:
Mr Stevens, Tom C was being a bit harsh--you say you're new to this, so no doubt you don't know amazon's rules nor the exasperation self-published writers have led other posters to boil over with, but you (and other authors who insist upon advertising here) really need to read the 'Important Announcement' thread and to act accordingly. Good luck with your book, though.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2012 08:58:09 BDT
Thank you very much for your kind words. You are quite right, I am feeling my feet regarding forums etc. What an introduction to forums. The effect that people like Tom C has is interesting. I was all for in future having nothing to do with forums and the like. How typical is this man. Is he likely to be a writer himself or just someone rude and opinionated. I particularly object to threats (the idea of deliberately negative reviews) Surely that is against anything Amazon suggests?. As a matter of fact I do a weekly blog ( I have over 1100 followers. In four years I have had only one rude and opinionated comment, from a well known 'plonker' I might add. Your comments cheered my up, thank you again. Good luck with your own writing. Any advice on marketing, indeed on anything welcome, my technological skills are very limited.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2012 01:42:42 BDT
donegalgirl says:
"...just someone rude and opinionated..."

The same might be said of you. Did it occur to you that you should have checked the forum posting guidelines (very easy to find) before you posted your promo? It is disrespectful to barge into a forum with which you are not familiar and use it for advertising purposes. If you continue to post inappropriately I daresay you'll be called on it again and ultimately Amazon will remove your posts. Amazon's guidelines are quite clear - promos are only permitted in the Meet our Authors forum (you'll find the link at the bottom of the page or in the Amazon announcement email). The reason the MOA forum was set up was because self-published authors bombarded the forums with endless promotional posts.

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 16:12:29 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2012 20:11:25 BDT
Mitz says:
Hm, I like my authors to know the difference between 'there' and 'their', myself. Just saying...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 08:02:15 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Mr. Steele: You've replied to a comment I made over two years ago. At that time, although generally considered bad form, self promotion within these forums was still permitted. However, since then the rules have been tightened up and Amazon no longer permits self promotion here. (The exception is the dedicated Meet Our Authors forum where writers can plug to their hearts' content). See "Important Announcement from Amazon" which heads this forum.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2012 19:54:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2012 19:55:28 BDT
How To Sell More Kindle eBooks If you really think about it, this is not the most effective place to promote your book anyway. Most of us on here are authors. What we want in reality are readers. How do we reach the readers that are looking to buy and are searching for the type/catagory of book that you wrote? The writing of your book was the "easy" bit, now the real work begins in its promotion. Am I going to tell you how it's done? Well I will recommend a book that is NOT my own, but it covers all the basic stuff that you should all get right first before expecting a "best seller". Please click on the above link and read this book from a successful writer/promoter.

Posted on 7 Jul 2012 11:10:56 BDT
Ben Basing says:
I must admit I don't see a problem with someone saying 'I wrote a good book about that!' especially if someone else is looking for specific information. I might be more concerned when someone recommends a title without clearly indicating that (s)he is the author/editor.
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