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Initial post: 11 Jul 2012 21:34:51 BDT
If you have written a book and published it with Amazon, please read this message from Amazon before you even *consider* mentioning your book in this forum:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/fiction/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx35L6AIBJFGDP0&cdThread=Tx17KH4XPGMM82L

Self-promotion irritates and annoys a lot of people, and to do so is a pretty sure-fire way to gain you a poor reputation. It could also damage potential sales.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 00:01:28 BDT
Oracle says:
Good idea, Marcus. Let's bump the thread when necessary.

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 11:38:16 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Bump

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 13:21:08 BDT
Anita says:
Marcus - agreed. (Of course you know that without saying.)

I'd be more than happy to keep my cynicism/irony/sneering (etc) curbed for a while :)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 15:24:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jul 2012 15:27:01 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
Good luck with that. The only people who will read this are those who are annoyed with self-advertising, not those who do it. Personally I don't think there's anything to be gained from promotion on any type of thread. Even the MOA section isn't a good place to do it. No one pays attention. It's a nice place to talk to writers though.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 21:00:52 BDT
Well, if we keep it bumped, and they do fail to take any notice before spamming the place, at least they can't complain when they get flamed ... :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 21:33:27 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
But that's the thing; they don't complain. Everyone complains about them, but the culprits are too busy jumping from thread to thread to even notice the comments aimed at them.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 21:43:57 BDT
Sadly, that's too true. {sigh}

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 21:54:11 BDT
Anita says:
Don't worry, they *do* no-vote, sometimes... :)

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 22:39:16 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
Perhaps there should be a discussion created where everyone makes a pact to vote no on every post that self-promotes..

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 03:20:45 BDT
"Do" and "not" are such small words, they often seem to just disappear ...

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 13:09:13 BDT
Anita says:
Try DO and NOT in capitals then.
(A bump, actually)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 20:22:01 BDT
Needs a bump ...

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 20:32:37 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
This made me laugh. A lot. Small things please small minds.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 20:54:00 BDT
Anita says:
Yeah, as James said those are small words...

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 22:44:58 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
Had I not known that, my laughter would have been inappropriate. As things are I'm just insane. I'm unwittingly bumping now..

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 22:49:28 BDT
Anita says:
Bumping is always good. Ditto laughter :)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 22:58:52 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
Smiley face bumping. The best kind. ;-)

Posted on 14 Jul 2012 11:50:57 BDT
Garscadden says:
I think no voting should be a given - I'd suggest a pact to go and tag the authors books as spam, and down vote their other tags. I suspect they wouldn't spam again.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 13:08:08 BDT
Anita says:
Oh, but they would. That's what they do.

Bump :)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 13:27:30 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
That seems a bit too personal. I'm a writer, and would hate for my own stupidity to impact my novel so directly. Not that I spam. I don't like that these people give us all a bad name, hence joining in with the discussion.
:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 16:48:40 BDT
Anita says:
It's a bit unfortunate, that the sub-genre is the one I'll hardly ever read, as the writing... oops, am I tempting you? Resist! :)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 17:14:39 BDT
Anita says:
I'm not sure how downvoting a tag is done - ?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 18:09:50 BDT
Garscadden says:
If you see the tags listed for a book, there is an 'Agree with these tags' link. Click that and you get little arrows by tags, where you can click Yes or No.

I originally started doing that in response to authors just going and tagging each others books as an organised form of 'distributed self-promotion' :) My thoughts are - yeah, that affects someone book - they should consider the consequences of their actions. (We all should - I would advise against doing this if you are an author / want people to like you)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 19:53:38 BDT
Anita says:
You can't be liked by everybody, never.

I'd be perfectly happy being liked by just *some*, preferably by the ones *I* like. :) Trouble is I'm a bit too lazy for tagging...
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