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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2012 08:23:52 GMT
Trevelyan says:
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Posted on 27 Dec 2012 22:25:52 GMT
B. F. Watson says:
An atlas

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 17:16:15 GMT
Sasha Smith says:
Finding MY way by Graeme Chart - all about a travelling musician and how many times he makes mistakes - entertaining funny and sad

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 21:34:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2012 21:39:16 GMT
Roger Weston says:
The Persecutor

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 21:40:53 GMT
colour by numbers lol

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2013 18:26:33 GMT
Steph says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2013 23:10:27 GMT
donegalgirl says:
Well I suppose you would know whether the book dips into the writer's life (you forgot the apostrophe in your promo post which doesn't augur well for your writing abilities). I took a look at the reviews. Twenty two five star reviews overwhelmingly by people who have posted only once - for your obscure little book. You may be an idiot, Mrs Hansell, but don't assume the rest of us are.

You might also like to demonstrate your ability to read by looking at the important announcement posted by Amazon at the head of the forum listing - the one that explains in words of one syllable that promotion is not permitted outside the Meet our Authors forum. There is a helpful link so that even idiots should be able to find it. It is a great pity that the authors who do obey the rules and who don't stack their book listing with dodgy reviews are tarred with the same brush as those who either ignore the rules or can't be bothered to find out what they are.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 09:19:19 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Don't tell me, it's the kind of book you'd also like to write?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 10:13:39 GMT
Steph says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 10:32:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2013 10:36:32 GMT
Dan Fante says:
22 Reviews. All 5 star, all pretty insubstantial, virtually all by people who have only reviewed that one book. One of them even mentions being a work colleague. That's a more than a tad suspicious. Are we really to believe all these people went to your book signing and they all were subsequently inspired to write their one and only Amazon book review (bar one person who'd reviewed a couple of other books) and they all thought it was brilliant? It's also my opinion that the reviews are 'dodgy', Steph. The deception's about as subtle as a brick. Even stone-cold literary classics don't have 100% 5 star reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 10:49:27 GMT
Steph says:
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Posted on 10 Jan 2013 10:51:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2013 10:54:59 GMT
Dan Fante says:
I fail to see how my post was abusive. I was merely pointing out the obvious. And, with that in mind, you should perhaps follow your own advice when it comes to dealing with it :P

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 17:30:38 GMT
Steph says:
I did not know that authors could not advertise their own books on here. I have simply done alot of self promotion on my book. An Idiot I am not. I asked people when they bought my book (at my book signing) if they would leave an honest review !!! So your opinion of dodgy reviews is your own one. I agree I did not meet the Authors forum and for that I can only say sorry. But was there any need for the aggresive insulting reply from you ?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 19:07:11 GMT
I Readalot says:
That is why it is advisable to read through threads especially when you are new to posting on Amazon. The Important Announcement which gives all the relevant info was posted by Amazon for a reason. Contributors are simply getting sick to death of self promo on discussion threads a lot of which were set up years ago and have revived simply for someone to promo their book.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 21:29:24 GMT
donegalgirl says:
I assumed you were the idiot in the title of your book.

Aggressive? No more or less aggressive than yet another self published author barging into a forum, ignoring the rules, doorstepping regular forum users and about as welcome as a pushy double glazing salesman at the door. I'd say we were about even. There aren't any insults in the comment - you might not like it but that doesn't mean it's an insult.

It didn't really help that your post mentioned the book as if it it had nothing to do with you - a poor, but nonetheless contemptible, attempt at deception. As to the idea that you would get twenty two five star reviews after one signing and nobody even descended as low as four stars, that is simply laughable - unless the signing was in your sitting room with all your mates and family sitting around. Regular forum users can spot dodgy reviews a mile off - we've sadly seen it all before. No verified purchasers, mostly single reviews, one of the reviewers admits to being a work colleague. Another was posted by your publisher so his review is (a) worthless and (b) contravenes the review guidelines as the publisher has a financial interest in the product. To help both you and he along the way here is an extract from the review guidelines as to what is NOT permitted:

"Sentiments by or on behalf of a person, company or web site with a financial interest in the product or a directly competing product (including reviews by authors, artists, publishers, manufacturers, or third-party merchants selling the product)....

...Solicitations for helpful votes"

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 08:18:17 GMT
Lterg says:
The one world schoolhouse. Salmon Khan. Listen to him first on Youtube and watch him on TED. It will lead you to find your own level. Lterg

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2013 09:15:48 GMT
Hi Steph, All i see is you are self-promoting your book, other than with help from family, friends and merchandise, how else are you meant to get your achievement "out there". For sure you have let readers know you failed to read the rules and have apologised sincerely, not everyone reads the small-print fully, in fact, it is my opinion most don't. After your apology that should have been the end of. You are most certainly not an idiot and you do not deserve the "feed-back" you have received. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why people, and for no reason other than to themselves, should say the things they do and have done. A bring to attention or guide to a mistake is all that is needed and no doubt, be informative to others as they too, could have not read, or mis-read the Authors forum properly. Good Luck with your Book Steph and Congratulations.

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 09:21:24 GMT
Dan Fante says:
While the self-promoters on here should read the rules first, isn't it about time Amazon pulled their finger out and moderated the place properly? They seem to delete a fair few posts so I don't see why they couldn't remove the ones that are obvious examples of self-promotion. This post is more likely to go than the one contravening the rules though.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2013 10:46:21 GMT
Steph says:
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Posted on 11 Jan 2013 11:51:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jan 2013 12:16:49 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Are you from Newcastle, Steph? If I'd known you were a fellow Geordie I would have believed you implicitly ;-)
Whereabouts did you play at the Newcastle Comedy Festival by the way? Was it this year? I got to a gig at the Cumberland Arms as it happens.

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 21:00:31 GMT
M says:
Try Sir Patrick Moore's autobiography, which I've just read - great stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 12:36:51 GMT
>>> says:
Hi, Steph!

Posted on 12 Jan 2013 21:57:46 GMT
I'd definitely recommend Ernest Hemmingway. His prose is very blunt and strong and powerful, and this makes it easy to understand and provides great characters. To start with I'd recommend either The Old Man And The Sea, or For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Posted on 12 Jan 2013 23:36:30 GMT
Roger Weston says:
Louis L'Amour - Sitka

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 11:50:56 GMT
casamama says:
Id steer towards "its your time your wasting" and books like that-I always think my hubby would like these sort of books.
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