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Initial post: 25 Jan 2013 19:32:53 GMT
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Posted on 25 Jan 2013 19:49:31 GMT
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gille liath says:
Don't all shout at once!

EDIT: Since the spamming OP was deleted, people have somehow been construing this post as encouragement to them to spam their books. It isn't. Spamming - ie promoting your own, or a friend's or relative's book - is not allowed on this forum; and I, in particular, don't want to hear about it. Let's be honest, the chances are it is utter rubbish. So please don't address your spam to me.

Posted on 25 Jan 2013 20:06:59 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
This feels like a thread that will be moved or deleted, but
Loisaida -- A New York Story by Marion Stein
Glimpses of a Floating World by Larry Harrison
My Memories of a Future Life - the complete novel by Roz Morris
Living Room Stories by Andy Harrod
The Haiku Diary by Neil Schiller
are pretty good places to start

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013 20:25:21 GMT
Horizon Unknown.....a self published part biography...a great read....lots of action and the inevitable sex..;but dont they all...that what sells a book normally??

Posted on 25 Jan 2013 21:45:25 GMT
Alba52 says:
Women's fiction...
The Sun's Companionby Kathleen Jones
Can't Live Without by Joanne Phillips

For male & female readers (it's literary crime) The Survival of Thomas Ford by John A A Logan (This has been an indie bestseller.)

Posted on 25 Jan 2013 22:05:12 GMT
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Posted on 25 Jan 2013 22:08:17 GMT
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monica says:
The best one I've read is Dostoevsky v monica!: First Round Knockout. It's the gripping toe-curling butt-clenching account of an abused child who after meeting a vampire-vanquishing wizard gains the outer confidence to enter NASA's Arcturus project and who after meeting on the voyage to Orion a lethally cocktail- and cigaratte-wielding blond(e) regains inner confidence.

(eta: Forgot to mention the plot turn foreshadowed by the first appearance of the wise old springbok.}

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 10:52:59 GMT
If you like satire, fast moving, adult only, laugh out loud crime thriller satire, check out Cut Limbo. (It's my 1st published novel. I hope you like it!! Let me know please.)

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 14:52:33 GMT
Kurunu1r says:
Try Minion by Stuart Hammond, a proper historical novel for grown-upsMinion

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 15:50:10 GMT
Anita says:
Monica - it's so full of twists and turns, I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for a sequel!!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 16:18:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2013 17:50:42 GMT
Marion Stein says:
Monica,

I know you love to parody, and you do it because deep down you love us. Honestly, I've come to be strangely obsessed with you. I think you remind me of friends of mine, the ones who get the sick look on their faces when I mention my "work" which I no longer do around them because I know they wouldn't be caught dead with a self-published book.

But you'd be surprised. There's some good stuff out there, like maybe the ones Dan Holloway mentioned a couple of posts back, and I'd add a couple more: The Man Who Painted Agnieszka's Shoes and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories.

While there's truth to your parodies, no doubt, there's another a truth too: There's actually good stuff and most of it is practically being given away by writers who desperately want to connect with an audience.

There's a lot to read out there and no reason without resorting to untested waters, but is it possible you could be the one missing out?

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 16:18:56 GMT
The best one I've read is Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys. A very original and funny mash up.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 16:24:16 GMT
Anita says:
Dan Holloway mentioned *your* book, Marion :)

Having said that, I know a certain someone who's opinion I reasonably trust and who liked that book of yours

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 17:03:11 GMT
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Posted on 26 Jan 2013 17:21:15 GMT
Meet on the Ledge

My first novel, Meet on the Ledge, is a love story/mystery which starts out in the 1960's and is resolved forty years later. Two five-star reviews and two four-stars.

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 17:24:55 GMT
Luke says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 17:49:47 GMT
Marion Stein says:
Honestly, I don't know how "efficient" Dan's championing of other writers is (in terms of increased sales) but given my respect for his work, a mention from him is always a thrill for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 17:50:34 GMT
monica says:
Marion, you've stayed in my mind too, partly because what you said about the wee house Poe lived in was strangely haunting & partly because the title Loisaida (sp.?) sometimes pops into my mind--which surely means that it's a very good title.

I have read & vanity-published books, and a few are still on my shelves rather than in a charity shop. I've even reviewed such a book, and favourably. And as I've said before, I've no doubt whatsoever that your own work is well-written. But I've next to no interest in genre/formulaic books, nor in anything that sounds like mass-market reading, and that eliminates a hell of a lot of self-published books. Given what I've read in synopses & 'look inside' on self-pub. kindle books, if I were to eliminate the ones that were incompetently written, there'd be few left to read. But certainly if a book sounds like one that might be up my street I wouldn't refuse to read it on the basis of how it came into print.

They're not parodies, really, just having a bit of a lark now & again typing whatever comes into my head.

Anita, I plan to start writing the sequel tomorrow night; as I'm allowing for it having 300+ pages, I won't have finished it before tea-time Monday. Sorry you must wait, but my craftsmanship comes first.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 19:54:16 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
Evidently I'm thoroughly untrustworthy :)

Taste is personal of course, but in defence of my recommending things, I ran a small publisher for a while. It was very small, just 4 books by 4 different writers, but one of those was highly commended by the Guardian First Book Award judges, which isn't a bad strike rate, and whilst it doesn't mean a whole lot it does at least mean I'm not just spamming into the wind, but champion books I really believe in that sometimes other people quite like too. And yes, I've gotten to know several of the 10 or so self-published novelists and 20 or so poets I regularly recommend (and when I discover a new talent, I try to get to know them too). I also know several hundred other self-publishers, many of them I would count as friends, but whose work I don't recommend, despite my friendship with them, because I believe that would be wrong of me.

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 19:59:24 GMT
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Posted on 26 Jan 2013 20:24:32 GMT
G. Owens says:
Just on the off chance that someone is genuinely interested in a successful self-pubbed writer who has broken through to the point where he can get a book deal for print copies and still keep the e-rights.
Wool (Wool Trilogy 1)

And, no, I don't know him, never met him - pretty unlikely to, I don't own shares in...well anything, actually.
Not all self pubbed authors are sock-puppet wielding slush-sewers, admittedly a lot are, but not 100%.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 20:39:33 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
The Guardian's forays into reviewing self-published books reviewed Wool (really rather favourably) a week or so ago.
As an example of a critically as well as commercially acclaimed self-published book that's crossed to a mainstream publisher I'd add Serio De La Pava's A Naked Singularity: A Novel which has had absolute rave reviews in the US but has been somewhat ignored over here

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 11:40:10 GMT
Booktigger says:
I mainly read crime books, but have enjoyed a few

Are You Positive?

Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller

While the Savage Sleeps

TIME CHILD and other stories

Only the Innocent

Soul Identity

A Dish Best Served Cold (A Supernatural Thriller)

Mean: A Psychological Thriller Novelette

The Surgeon's Blade (Suspense & Psychological Thriller)

There are more, one the next post

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 11:44:47 GMT
Booktigger says:
Trial #1322 (a medical/psychological thriller)

Children of the Fog

The Mutilation Machination

On the Rocks

The Love of the Dead

Burial

A Dog Named Slugger

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 11:53:06 GMT
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