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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2013 19:52:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2013 19:55:52 BDT
gille liath says:
It's not elitist to say that reviews are pointless unless they say something about the product that is coherent, well-founded and specific. The majority don't.

That's from the reader's POV; I think for Amazon, they're more an engine of customer loyalty. Much better than a bonus card...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2013 22:14:36 BDT
Marand says:
Couldn't agree more, IR

Posted on 16 Feb 2015 12:00:42 GMT
Bob W says:
So annoyed with Amazon not publishing my comments I want to delete ALL my reviews 30+ pages of reviews, is this possible or must it be one at a time?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2015 09:51:01 GMT
gille liath says:
I read somewhere that you can ask them to delete your reviews en masse - but that you may then be banished evermore from their gates.

What comments did they not want to publish? In the early days of reviews it used to be very hit and miss whether your review would be published at all - I think because in those days someone was supposed to read them before posting and often they didn't have time/couldn't be bothered.

Posted on 17 Feb 2015 10:55:22 GMT
Carol Arnall says:
At one time Amazon employed reviewers. Times changed, the reviewers were suddenly shown the door. Amazon then opened the doors wide allowing readers to review the books etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2015 09:17:51 GMT
Chris Graham says:
Does this mean that a review I posted for a book that Amazon only sold in Kindle format, so I got as a pdf from the publisher, will be suspected as dodgy?
Of course it wouldn't show as a verified purchase, but I'd bought it just the same. I've also reviewed a book that was bought direct from the author at a signing (in hard copy form). Is that suspect too?

I hope my own books don't cause this kind of mayhem when my publisher releases them towards the end of the year.

PS: Amazon.....I've got a Kindle now, so you can relax....You'll get your verified purchase. (unless it's on free offer from other providers!)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2015 09:50:15 GMT
Chris Graham says:
"I agree it's a shame there's a stigma to self-publishing. "

I'm afraid that there will always be a stigma to self publishing as long as SP authors allow books, that aren't ready for publication, to be offered for sale.

I'm reading a crime novel at present that has a lot of potential. The plot looks promising - so far - the sense of 'place' is excellent, and the characterisation is great (with an interesting frissance between the protagonists).
However, the book needs the attentions of a good editor, which is why authors go through the traumas of getting accepted by publishers and agents.
Some of the problems could be sorted by a really careful proof read, without relying on spelling and grammar checking software that frequently misses the subtleties of the English language. Other faults are down to the writer's apparent unfamiliarity with the conventions of layout. Conventions that are used to ensure clarity.
His dialogue is very difficult to follow, even though it reflects well the speech patterns of the characters. He is obviously unaware of the golden rule of starting a new paragraph each time a different speaker begins to speak. (even if only a single word is utttered)
It makes it clear who is speaking, often even if the new speaker isn't actually identified.

There are also a lot of 'broken' words, missing or inappropriate punctuation marks (possibly left in the text after earlier editing) and minor errors from lack of research. If you must use the name of a particular brand of malt whisky, then spell it correctly... and don't refer to a malt from Scotland as 'Whiskey'. That's worse than pointing out that Jesus's 'real' parents weren't married to each other by using a popular colloquial word for a child of unmarried parents. Scotch Whisky has no 'e' in it... unlike the Irish or American versions. There are other similar minor mistakes that could have so easily been researched with a visit to a supermarket's booze shelves.
I'm guessing that as the author's name suggests a certain ethnic origin, he may be from an alcohol free culture so would be unfamiliar with the stuff. OK, fair enough, but do the research instead.
I write crime, but I'm not a criminal... so I research some of the details to get them right.
Then I proof read, then proof read, then proof read again. Even then, the odd typo will slip through, but not the glaring errors.
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