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Wanting a funny, silly adventure story for 8 to 14 year olds...?

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Initial post: 17 Dec 2012 22:03:44 GMT
Ok, this is a blatant piece of self-promotion, but I think you all deserve a good laugh....

Oswald and Boris's INCREDIBLE Involuntary Adventure on the Island of the Not Quite Right is insane, exciting, vampire-free, thought-provoking and engaging. And funny.

Just a suggestion.

Why not download the kindle version, read it, then return for a refund! :O)

Peter Shearing

(p.s. also available in paperback, Oswald and Boris's INCREDIBLE Involuntary Adventure on the Island of the Not Quite Right )

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 16:26:21 GMT
broxi3781 says:
It's also blatantly unfair. I am at the point of giving up on using these forums. I come on looking for good books for my children to read, but find so many authors breaking the rules and trying to flogg their own work it is becoming pointless.

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 16:29:05 GMT
broxi3781 says:
Instead of just spamming the forums - perhaps you could look up some book reviewers on any well known review sites - send them a free copy and ask them to review your story - that way people get an honest opinion of the book. I'm sorry but every author thinks thier own work is grand. When looking for book recommendations - I want honest opinions of people who read the books.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012 18:47:25 GMT
Apologies, I shan't do it again! It's extremely difficult for unknown authors to get any exposure and I suppose we feel it's harmless enough pointing out the EXISTENCE of a book to its target audience. People can choose to ignore the post or check out the merits of the book for themselves if they so wish.

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 19:16:23 GMT
broxi3781 says:
The problem is, we come on here looking for information from other readers and wade through advertisement after advertisement from authors. I appreciate how hard it is to get publicity - but Amazon does have an authors page for that reason. Personally I only use actual text books I wiped my Kindle Ap after realising the types of book we use cost more on Kindle than second hand - but sadly - I will not try a Kindle book that does not have a print edition simply because it seems everyone has written one now - and too many are not really up to scratch. Kindle books for children is a relatively new thing - it may or may not take off - especially since illustration is a very large factor in childrens books - but getting the word out to reviewers does get you a lot of notice. I'd suggest checking out some sites like dooyoo and ciao and looking for members with children who do Kindle reviews. Then ask them if they's be willing to read and review book. Most of the avid reviewers have websites as well and often belong to book clubs - you could easily pick up hundreds of reads from one reviewer - but keep in mind - the good ones all review honestly which may be good or bad depending on the book.

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 19:19:28 GMT
broxi3781 says:
I would also point out that it looks really bad when everyone who reviews your book has a similar review style and only one review to their name - of course coincidences occur - but if you get well known reviewers with a large number of reviews to their credit it looks much better for potential buyers.

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 21:56:07 GMT
Hi Broxi

Ok thanks for this very useful advice. From what I've read, getting reviews can be very difficult, some authors seem to end up paying large amounts for them. But I'll put some more effort into that.

I'm very happy to receive candid reviews, good or bad.

As my post says, there's also a print edition, but also of course self-published.

Thanks again,

(p.s. would you like to review my book? :O) I can email a PDF version. )

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 22:36:04 GMT
Ellie T says:
Hi Broxi,

I also posted recently wanting some help with books for my 9 year old son and all I recieved were emails form authors self promoting their own books. It was the first time I had posted but don't think I'll bother again. Anyway, my 9 year old son has recently enjoyed books by Andy Stanton (Mr Gum), David Walliams, Dav Pilkey and Derek Landy (Skullduggery series). I hope this helps.


In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2012 18:05:16 GMT
broxi3781 says:
Sorry - I do stick to the print books - and this isn't quite are type we use - my son is a very selective reader. You shouldn't have to pay to have abook reviewed though. Just email people who have book bloggs - or regularly review kindle books on the main review sites and ask.

Something on the authors page would be handy for this though - A section where authors could offer review copies. I do wish they would seperate the authors section into adult and children's sections as well - and perhaps even provide space for parents and educators to discuss what types of books we wish were available - but are not!

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 17:33:48 GMT
T. P. Ripley says:
Hi - Try my own book - Lily Lovebug and the Unconquered Planet. Don't let the title put you off. For boys and girls (good readers - 50000 words). Full of adventure, excitement and humorous gory bits! Aliens, Wizards, giant spiders - the lot!

T. P. RipleyLily Lovebug and the Unconquered Planet

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 22:34:25 GMT
Nina says:
If you are looking for kindle or e-reader books suitable for younger readers over the holidays, try the 'Jess series' for children of 7 and over. Both of these exciting mystery and adventure stories are under £2.00 and are about Jess's adventures with her friends from Oakhill School. They are suitable for both girls and boys.
Links below:
Jess and the Ghost of Black Rock Castle (The 'Jess' series)
Jess and the Magic Wishing Well (The 'Jess' series)
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