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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 09:19:18 GMT
Catherine says:
Of course there are very well edited and proof read SP books with great story lines out there. It's getting past the stigma of SP. But the message seems to be getting through. Lately I have had many good indies.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 15:55:09 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
now that I don't know. I do know they put a considerable amount of money into it. Whether the authors also did or not I don't know

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 17:21:27 GMT
Marion Stein says:
It's not "the stigma" you need to get past, it's all the stuff out there.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 18:01:53 GMT
Phnark, all the bad, bad stuff which has people giving up before they start. Sigh... the fact is, I like to think I can select a decent book to read but as an insider it might be slightly easier for me than it is for a reader coming to it cold.

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 19:12:38 GMT
Marion Stein says:
I'm trying to think of how I've found the SP books that I've read. Some were written by people who participated (as I did) in Authonomy, a site I haven't been on in years. A couple I read reviews of in places like Big Al's Books and Pals. Maybe one or two I "met" on forums like this one. I don't know how anyone runs into any self-published book.

When I buy books (the other kind) they are usually books that have been recommended to me by a friend or I've read a good review written by a (pro) reviewer that I respect.

Posted on 22 Feb 2013 20:06:38 GMT
lizzie cook says:
I'd recommend L. J. Hamlin if you like M/M romance, the books are well edited and don't cost too much.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 20:28:47 GMT
Yeh, I think we're about the same, I've read some books from Authonomy users, Lexi Revellian stands out there, also Dan Holloway, I'm sure I 'met' him on Authonomy. The fora there were excellent. Then there are people I 'talk' to here and the recommendations of friends. I guess I've kind of graduated to a group here who write similar stuff to me so I'm really enjoying their offerings... so the MOA works for me but only because I'm a writer and the threads where you can chat to other writers about writing are great.

I also tend to take notice of a couple of the reviewers/reader I 'got to know' on here because their taste chimes with mine. All those pushily sold thrillers? Haven't looked at one.

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 22 Feb 2013 20:45:43 GMT
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Posted on 22 Feb 2013 21:03:13 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 21:11:08 GMT
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You've already told us about this one... do you have a robot to post these... seriously love, read the thread. Sorry, what am I thinking about, of course you won't. This is a drive by.

Posted on 22 Feb 2013 22:45:35 GMT
Catherine says:
I left authonomy and now contribute to youwriteon. Much better site i think, but if you are saying authonomy gets you sales - I might go back.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 22:50:45 GMT
Not sure it does. Yowriteon is good but I just got loads of feedback from people saying, basically, "I loathe fantasy and I loathed yours" which is not really very helpful and just got me shouting "well why did you smecking agree to crit it then?"

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 23 Feb 2013 07:26:49 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
Most of the SPAs that I like I met on Authonomy. Ive never heard of youwriteon. I'll check it out. I recently joined wattpad. Seems good so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 10:25:24 GMT
Catherine says:
I also do not like fantasy, but I do try to review everything on the strength of the writing as opposed to whether I like the genre or not. I have given crits for some very well written fantasy on Youwriteon. My book did get up to the top five, for which I won a very in depth, proffessional review.
I was a member of Anthonomy for a while, but it seemed a case of, if you shelve my book, I'll shelve yours, rather than the quality of the book, and the reviews were short and largely unhelpful (appologies to those who do submit genuine reviews). Do you think It actually generates sales?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 10:31:58 GMT
Authonomy? Nah, it was rubbish and you're absolutely right about the backing. Someone backed my book without my noticing and then pestered me very pushily to back theirs. I said that I didn't back without giving feedback and so I'd have to read some, which would take me a while. I asked if they could comment on why they backed my book. The comment I got was 'good job'. I made my books unpublic and ignored the writing side of the site from then on. The bit of Authonomy that was brilliant was forums. Not the main bit full of flame wars and people trying to solicit reads by having a pair of tits as their avatar but the out of the way section about writing. I really enjoyed that and learned a huge amount of invaluable stuff about self publishing from it.

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 23 Feb 2013 11:28:12 GMT
M. Gorman says:
Love From Both Sides by Nick Spalding. It was self pubbed but has been picked up by a major publisher. I really enjoyed it.

Posted on 23 Feb 2013 13:19:29 GMT
The patterns of authonomy somehow spilled over to this forum, too. I see people who know each other recommend each other's books. I hardly see people recommend a book by a SP author nobody has ever heard of.

That's why I'm trying to find books by browsing, rather than recommendation. Not that I've been successful yet. Then again, I haven't read anything in weeks; need a break from all of it.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 21:34:21 GMT
Marion Stein says:
Not what I'm saying (if you were responding to me).

During the time I was on Authonomy several people were just starting to self-publish. Dan Holloway and others were forming the Year Zero Writers collective, and there was something in the air. Reading writers like Dan, Larry Harrison, Maria Bustillos and Paul House, who were all experimenting with self-publishing, finally gave me the courage to do it. Coincidentally, around the time I made my novel available, Lexi Revillian had also just self-publised, Remix (not a great book, but certainly a great read), and others like Jake Barton were about to. So there were familiar names to me and I had previously read some of their work.

I don't think being on Authonomy now would help anyone much.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 21:39:32 GMT
Marion Stein says:
I recommend books I've read and liked enough to recommend. The point I tried to make in a previous post is that I don't know how I would find SPAs if I didn't see them someplace like here or on Authonomy. I don't know how regular readers ever find them.

"I see people who know each other recommend each other's books." That statement could be read as though it's all mutual backslapping or that we're all hanging out together. I don't really consider reading an excerpt from someone's novel on a website, the same as "knowing" a person.

Posted on 23 Feb 2013 22:13:29 GMT
I'm the same as Ishouldbewriting on the recommendation front.

And I also recommend books by my 'cyber friends'. However the 'cyber buddies' I have whose books I recommend are cyber buddies because I read their books, liked them and got in contact. We then found that we write the same kind of stuff, so we've sort of banded together into an unofficial collective.

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 24 Feb 2013 11:50:38 GMT
Jake C1415 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2013 12:53:55 GMT
I find them either on here (on the free e-books thread), or by browsing. I browse the genres I like, or follow a recommendation (e-mail) from Amazon and then look at the books other customers bought. I can get lost for hours in browsing.

As for the recommendations: it's just that you see Indies chatting on the forum and soon after, recommending each other's books. Not all of them, of course. I find it odd that two people who 'know' each other, also equally like each other's books. I like quite a few authors on this forum, and they may have liked my books, but I don't like theirs. At least not enough to recommend it. Or I even downright dislike their books, even though in the same genre as mine. But then I've always been weird.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2013 13:45:26 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 02:17:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2013 02:22:06 GMT
Marion Stein says:
There's nothing odd. I "know" a lot of authors in the virtual sense, including you. I haven't looked at books by most of them. Most of them haven't looked at books by me. There are tiny number who have read my books and liked them enough to review them and/or mention them in forums. I have read a few of those writers. I've liked a fraction of the ones I've read. It works the other way as well. I like Lexi Revillian's work a lot, even though it is not the usual type of stuff I like. I reviewed one of her books, and have recommended her work. I don't know if she's ever read mine beyond an excerpt on Authonomy. She's never recommended it that I know of.

Looking at someone like Dan Holloway, he's made a kind of splash with self-publishing. He's also a voracious reader. I lot of people have read and admired his stuff. I doubt he reads or recommends the work of the vast majority of them, but it's not odd that he's going to like some of them.

Some writers also happen to write the type of stories I'm likely to like -- literary fiction, possibly with an edge. That's also what I aspire to write. Anyone who actually read my novel Loisaida, and Larry Harrison's novel Glimpses of a Floating World would have no difficulty understanding that both writers might admire each other's work.
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